Am I allowed to work and receive workers comp?

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Question:

Am I allowed to work and receive workers comp?

Answer:

You may be denied workers compensation if you return to work after filing a workers compensation claim. Workers compensation pays specifically for on the job injuries. Although there are instances when you will be able to return to work for light duty, once you do go back to work, you no longer are eligible to receive payments for your lost wages. Worker’s compensation, after all, pays you while you are out of work, based on the fact you were injured while working.

What You Need To Know

Those who are denied workers compensation due to returning back to work are likely still able to collect worker’s compensation coverage to pay for the incurred medical bills. You will also receive coverage for the time you did not work. However, keep the following in mind:

  • If you are physically able to work, or return to work, you must do so under law. You cannot abuse the system and remain off work just to continue to receive worker’s compensation.
  • If you are not sure if you can return to work, you may be able to do a trial return to work in which you go back to work full time, but while still receiving benefits until you are confident in your ability to keep working.
  • If you are capable of working and return to work, you will not longer be missing time from your injury and thus will be unable to collect workers compensation.

Talk to your attorney if you are unsure if you should return to work. In many instances, though, you will be denied workers compensation claims for the time period after you returned to work.

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