Job terminated whil still on Work Comp tretment

I am a senior computer engineer.
I was diagnosed with carpol tunnel injury. My company accepted this injury as work related and since then I am on work Comp insurance. I am still going through treatment and scheduled for a surgery.
However, today my job was terminated
1- Is it legal for my employer to terminate my job while being treated?
2- If the termination is legal, do I continue to get the treatment from Work Comp?
3- If (after tretment) I continue to suffer from partial disability in my hand; am I entitled for any compensation from my employer?

1 answer  |  asked Mar 1, 2007 1:20 PM [EST]  |  applies to Illinois

Answers (1)

Michael J. Merrick
Employment Terminated While on Workers' Comp.

If you qualify for medical leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, you are entitled to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave per year and job protection during the leave. If you are not entitled to such medical leave or used it up, it should not affect your entitlement to workers' comp. benefits including medical treatment. If the former employer cuts you off you may need to file a workers' comp. claim if you have not done so already. If after treatment you have a permanent partial disability in your hand, you would be entitled to workers' comp. benefits, usually paid out in a lump sum after you reach max. med. recovery. Feel free to contact me if you need assistance.

posted by Michael J. Merrick  |  Mar 3, 2007 2:29 PM [EST]

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