If you are convicted of WC Fraud, your recovery for the fraudulent claim may be barred. If you injured COMMITTING a Felony and get convicted, your injury/recovery is barred. If you are injured, and get convicted of statutory rape/vehicular manslaughter in an unrelated injury, you may be precluded from TTD because you are legally unable to work while in Prison, but your PD would probably be available at release. I recommend reading Chris Ball's book for a good WC overview, instead of listening to random drunks in a pool hall.
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Read Mr. Corson's very good answer. If none of that applies and you just happen to have a prior Felony conviction unrelated to a recent work injury, it will have no bearing on your case except that the fact of the conviction may be used at any Hearing to attack your credibility.
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The felony will not stop you from having a valid WC case unless the injury was as a result of the felony. It may also affect your credibility. Your friend is wrong.