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Can I Get a New Job While on Workers’ Comp?

After sustaining a work-related injury, many individuals wonder if they can seek new employment while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The answer is not a simple yes or no, as several factors come into play. Here, we’ll discuss various scenarios, including contract work, part-time employment, and how a different job may impact your existing workers’ comp claim.

Contract Work

Taking on contract work while on workers’ comp can have implications for your benefits. If the contract work is similar to your previous job and requires similar physical exertion, it could raise questions about the extent of your disability and your eligibility for benefits. It’s crucial to consult with your workers’ comp attorney before accepting any contract work to understand how it may affect your claim.

Part-Time Employment

In some cases, individuals receiving workers’ comp benefits may be able to work part-time without jeopardizing their benefits. However, the new job must not aggravate your existing injury or exceed the physical limitations set by your healthcare provider. Additionally, any income you earn from part-time work may impact the amount of workers’ comp benefits you receive.

Implications on Existing Workers’ Comp Claim

Seeking new employment while on workers’ comp can impact your existing claim in several ways:

Wage Loss Benefits: If your new job pays less than your previous job due to your injury, you may be eligible for wage loss benefits to make up the difference. However, the calculation of these benefits can be complex and may vary depending on your state’s laws.

Medical Treatment: Your new job may require you to undergo a new medical evaluation, which could impact your workers’ comp claim if the results differ from previous evaluations.

Permanent Disability Benefits: If you are deemed permanently disabled, obtaining a new job may affect your eligibility for permanent disability benefits.

Why You Should Seek Legal Advice

Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation law, especially when considering secondary employment, can be challenging. Harvey & Carpenter, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. We offer free consultations to discuss your situation and provide guidance on your best course of action. Contact us today at 507-779-7529 to schedule your consultation. Don’t risk your benefits by making uninformed decisions about your employment status—let us help you understand your rights and options.