If you’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim but would like to seek alternate employment, you might be asking yourself whether you can get a new job while on workers’ comp.
The answer is yes.
Workers’ compensation is designed to compensate you for the wages you lost due to an injury, as well as related medical expenses, but it’s not meant to keep you from working altogether.
Of course, before beginning a new job, you should discuss your condition with your doctor to ensure that you will be physically able to work the new position.
Working While Receiving Workers’ Comp Benefits
There are many reasons why you might want to return to work, and your work comp benefits shouldn’t keep you from working. Some of the reasons to continue working include the following:
- To remain active and healthy
- To keep your career moving forward
- To provide for your family
- Feeling antsy after sitting at home all day
Typically, if your new job pays you less than you were making prior to your injury, you can still receive payment for the difference in wages. You can also continue to receive medical benefits for all healthcare costs related to your injury. If you’re disabled, you can still receive disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation laws are confusing, and we understand that you don’t want to lose your benefits or have a pending case denied because you weren’t aware of all the dos and don’ts.
By working with an attorney from our office, you’ll have all the answers so you can rest assured that you won’t be jeopardizing your workers’ comp claim or benefits.
Contact a New York Workers’ Comp Attorney
You can get a new job while on workers’ comp, but there are details you need to be aware of, and it’s probably a good idea to discuss everything with your attorney before making any decisions.
Contact a work injury lawyer with Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP today. We will evaluate your case for free if you call us at 212-385-9190 or complete the contact form at the bottom of this page.