Can You Quit Your Job While On Worker’s Comp?
If you’re not happy in your job, you might wonder whether you can quit while on workers’ compensation and still get benefits to help make ends meet.
The answer will depend in part on why you are receiving workers’ comp and whether you’ve been officially terminated or if you’re simply quitting without giving notice.
Fortunately, there are several things to consider when thinking about how leaving your job will impact your workers’ comp benefits and your ability to find new employment.
Workers Compensation Claimants
Workers with a work-related illness or injury may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers with disabilities who are unable to work and make enough money to support themselves, may also qualify.
Qualified claimants will get medical care and financial help until they are able to return to work. To find out if you qualify for a claim, speak with an attorney who specializes in the subject of Workers Compensation.
The Difference Between Quitting and Getting Fired
You can always quit your job if you are unhappy or want to work for a different company. The only difference between quitting and being fired is that if the reason for leaving is because of an injury, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are unsure about whether or not it is safe to quit, contact a disability lawyer who will help determine what course of action is best for you.
If You Quit Your Job, Are You Eligible For Workers Compensation Benefits?
If an individual quits their job, they may be eligible for unemployment benefits. However, in the case of a work-related injury or illness, if the individual quits their employment, it may affect eligibility for worker’s comp benefits.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) states that to be eligible for worker’s comp benefits, the person needs to have been working for at least five years out of the last ten before an injury or illness occurred.
Some Things to Consider Before Quitting
Workers’ compensation is designed to replace lost wages when the injured worker can’t work. However, the system doesn’t provide full salary replacement and the benefits have a set time limit. In some cases, it may make sense for a person to take a pay cut in order to return to work sooner.
If there’s no light at the end of the tunnel, it might be better for an employee to resign instead of staying on workers’ comp for several months without getting any closer to returning.
What Happens if I Get Re-hired?
If you get re-hired, the insurance company will have to pay back any earnings they owe to the employer. The new employer may also need a release from the previous employer which will allow them to hire someone who is not able to work due to a work-related injury. Once the release is obtained, it can be used for up to one year.
Some Additional Tips for Workers’ Compensation Claimants
You are entitled to receive weekly benefits while recovering from a workplace injury. If you miss work because of the injury, and are unable to find a comparable position, then you may be eligible for long-term disability.
You might also be able to claim vocational rehabilitation benefits to help retrain for a new profession. The most important thing is to speak with a lawyer before making any decision about quitting your job or reducing hours.
It can take months or even years to get back into the workforce after an injury or illness so it’s important that you make sure that whatever decisions you make will serve your needs in the future as well as now.
In some cases, workers’ comp payments can be treated like an insurance settlement in order to keep money flowing even when someone is disabled by their injuries or illnesses.
It is important to note that in order to get the most out of workers’ compensation, it is best not to work. The benefits you receive are not taxable, and they will increase by a percentage if you are unemployed.
Workers’ Compensation provides an alternative income for people who cannot work due to injury or illness. You should talk with your employer about this before quitting as well as taking time to consider what would be best for your recovery.