A truck driver, who fractured his ankle after he fell exiting a company truck, was subsequently discharged for violation of the company’s weapons policy after his employer found a loaded handgun in his company truck. The employer’s reason for termination was fully based on the policy violation as he claimed the worker was recovered from his injury, and he tried to terminate his employee’s benefits that resulted due to the work injury. A Workers’ Compensation Judge denied this request for termination of benefits andallowed them to continue. Later, the board determined an error in this judgment and decided to reverse the decision and to stop the benefits.

The above example illustrates that even though every person is entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits after being injured on the job, benefits can be stopped if the employee is not following company rules and procedure.

Source: Risk and Insurance




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