Can I Start a New Job While Collecting Workers’ Compensation?
At MLG Injury, our Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida workers’ compensation attorneys know that job changes are part of life. However, when our clients are receiving workers’ compensation benefits after suffering an at-work injury, there is some confusion as to whether they can switch jobs.
From a legal standpoint, employees are within their rights to change jobs whenever they want — even when they are still receiving workers’ compensation benefits from their employer.
However, if you decide to take a second job to supplement your income, or a completely new full-time job, your weekly pay rate amount may be impacted by the change.
Here is what you need to know.
Can My Workers’ Compensation Benefits Be Canceled By Switching Jobs?
Legally, your workers’ compensation benefits cannot be canceled:
- Solely because you change jobs, or take a different, lesser paying job.
- If you accept light-duty work that pays a reduced salary.
A new job can, however, impact the amount of benefits you receive.
While you may still receive a partial benefit, your weekly pay rate may not be the same as when you first started receiving your benefits.
Additionally, if your new job pays you the same as what you made at your former position, your benefits will cease altogether.
What Happens If I Take a Secondary Part-Time Job While Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
At MLG Injury, our workers’ compensation lawyers understand that getting hurt at work can leave our clients in a difficult financial position.
In some cases, injured employees may pursue a second income by taking a job that does not require physical activity, and thereby does not exaggerate their injuries.
The issue becomes, any income received will reduce the amount of their existing weekly benefit.
If you get paid and do not report the income, and you continue receiving workers’ compensation benefits, it is considered insurance fraud.
Contact Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Florida, Mississippi, and Louisiana for a Free Consultation Today
Going back to work — for your current employer or a new one — before you have fully recovered could put you at risk for reinjury, hurt your recovery progress, or even keep you from fully recovering. Do not rush the process.
Contact our skilled Florida, Mississippi, or Louisiana workers’ compensation attorneys at MLG Injury to schedule a free consultation today by calling 888-904-2524 to learn how we can help you pursue or maintain the benefits you deserve, so you can get your life back and make informed decisions about your future employment.
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