Can I Start a New Job While Receiving Workers’ Comp Benefits?

Yes. Since workers’ compensation is meant to benefit you from the wages you lost and the medical expenses you’ve encountered along the way, you can start a job while receiving benefits. However, if you do plan on starting a new job, consider consulting a doctor first. This way, you’ll ensure that the job is safe enough for your health.

When it comes to workers’ comp benefits, individuals typically receive financial assistance for two aspects: medical expenses and lost time working. When an individual receiving workers’ comp decides to start a new job, they will not have to worry about losing any medical benefits. However, they could see their lost wage benefits disappear or diminish.

This is why it’s so important to hire legal representation that fights for workers’ rights. At Bridges, Jillisky, Streng, Weller & Gullifer, LLC, our team of workers’ comp attorneys have a passionate history of fighting for client’s rightful compensation.

Are you hesitant to take on a new job? Are you afraid you might lose your current workers’ comp benefits? Contact us today for the protective coverage you deserve!

Considerations Before Taking a New Job

Taking on a new job can have a lot of perks: career advancement, financial gain, and building a network. But if you’re still receiving workers’ comp benefits there are three aspects you’ll want to consider before signing any paperwork:

Health

Are you able to carry out the job's roles and responsibilities without endangering your health? Sometimes workplace injuries are specific to the previous job held. This allows you take on a new job that doesn’t jeopardize you current condition. For example, someone who injured their leg might be able to take a new job where they’re primarily sitting down. At the end of the day, your health should be your top priority. If you’re putting yourself at risk for a new job, it’s just not worth it.

Longevity

The average age for retirement in the U.S. is 64. This means people tend to hold some sort of employment for nearly 50 years of their life. It’s important to think about the big picture. If you’ve hurt yourself, but still think you can continue your job you’re probably wrong. There’s a reason doctors have to approve first. A full recovery is vital for the potential to continue working for years to come. Coming back too soon could risk that ability.

The other side of this equation comes in the form of your former employment holding your position for you. As much as you would hope a company would save your spot, sometimes they can’t play the waiting game. If a doctor approves your return to work and the company still has a spot for you, it’s probably a smart move.

Chances of Re-Injury

The injury that you sustained in the workplace could have happened for several reasons. But it’s always smart to consider the possibility of re-injuring yourself should you go back to work. Are there safety protocols your new company should be following to prohibit future injuries? Will another employee’s negligence cause workplace accidents? Making sure you return to a secure environment is prudent for your safety.

Are you considering a return to work after receiving workers’ comp benefits? Give us a call today! We’ll be happy to discuss your options and what’s in your best interest as an employee: (937) 403-9033.