After you’ve been injured at work, you may not want to return to that job. Maybe it’s because you fear being injured again, or maybe you’ve just decided you need a fresh start. Whatever your reasons, you always have the right to quit your job. However, you may wonder whether workers’ comp will pay if you quit your job.
The answer to that question can get complicated. Let’s explore it further.
New York Workers’ Compensation and Quitting Your Job
As you try to answer this question for your situation, consider the following scenarios:
If you’ve decided to quit your job after you’ve already filed a workers’ comp claim, the situation may not be too big of a deal, but you may lose certain benefits.
To give you an example, if you were receiving the cash benefit that reimburses you for missed wages, you may get that taken away. The insurance company may feel that, because you voluntarily quit your job, you would no longer be entitled to receive that benefit.
However, you would likely still be able to have your medical expenses covered, and possibly your disability payments, depending on the situation.
If you quit your job and then try to file a workers’ compensation claim afterward, you may have some difficulty. That’s because insurance companies find it suspicious that you waited until after you quit, and they may believe you are making a fraudulent claim.
Still, it is possible to file for workers’ comp benefits after quitting your job, so long as you notified your employer of the accident that injured you within the thirty-day time frame and you file your workman’s compensation case within the two-year statute of limitations.
Of course, there are other issues with filing a work comp case after quitting your job, but an attorney can discuss those issues with you to see if you’re still eligible to file and how much you could receive.
Contact an NYC Workers’ Comp Lawyer
To speak with an NYC workers’ compensation attorney, call Finkelstein, Meirowitz & Eidlisz, LLP at 212-385-9190 or fill out the online contact form below. Schedule a free consultation with us to learn more about whether workers’ comp will pay if you quit your job.