What About Workers’ Compensation and Willful Misconduct?

Jul 8, 2024 | Blog

Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits to employees injured on the job, but what happens if the injury is a result of willful misconduct? Understanding how willful misconduct impacts your claim is crucial. In this video, Geoff McDonald & Associates explain the relationship between workers’ compensation and willful misconduct and what it means for your rights and benefits.

By the end of the video, viewers will understand how willful misconduct can impact a workers’ compensation claim and the steps to take to protect their rights and benefits.

Contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you’re facing a workers’ compensation claim involving willful misconduct, contact Geoff McDonald & Associates at 804-203-0678 for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights and navigate the complexities of your case to ensure you receive fair treatment.

Workers’ Compensation FAQ

  • What is willful misconduct? Willful misconduct involves intentional, reckless, or deliberate actions that violate workplace rules or safety protocols.
  • How does willful misconduct affect a workers’ compensation claim? If an injury results from willful misconduct, the workers’ compensation claim may be denied. This includes actions like intentionally harming oneself or violating safety rules.
  • What must an employer prove to deny a claim based on willful misconduct? The employer must provide clear and convincing evidence that the employee’s actions were intentional or recklessly negligent.
  • Are there defenses against willful misconduct allegations? Yes, defenses can include mitigating circumstances such as lack of proper training, unclear safety protocols, or not all rule violations constituting willful misconduct.
  • Why should I consult a workers’ compensation attorney if accused of willful misconduct? An experienced attorney can help gather evidence, build a defense, and ensure fair treatment in complex workers’ compensation cases involving willful misconduct.

Geoff McDonald and Associates: 804-888-8888.


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