When an accident happens at work, many people wonder if they can just quit and file for worker’s compensation. This is a common question but not always easy to answer. In some situations, quitting may help your case, but it could hurt your finances in other conditions.
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Laws about workers’ compensation when you quit your job
Workers’ Comp: The Laws
Laws about workers’ compensation are complicated and often hard to understand. One question that comes up sometimes is whether an employee can quit their job in the middle of a workers’ compensation claim. From a technical point of view, there shouldn’t be any effects. If you get hurt on the job, file for workers’ compensation, and then quit, you can still get some of your wage benefits.
Remember that even if you leave, you may still be able to get workers’ compensation and medical benefits from your old employer if you got hurt while you were working for them. If you quit your job before filing a work injury claim, you can still file a complaint against your former employer and get paid.
You will still receive assistance, even if this decision does not relate to the injuries in question. In such a scenario, the insurance company will also make an effort to take advantage of the Voluntary Income Protection Limit.
Workers’ Comp: The Reality
In reality, though, the situation is not better for the worker. If you quit your job, your workers’ comp claim will end most of the time. The goal of workers’ compensation is to help workers who get hurt or get sick. If you stop working, you can’t get these benefits any more.
When someone quits their job, they usually have to give their employer written notice of their decision. They also have to tell the company that covers their workers’ compensation insurance. Your workers’ compensation claim may be thrown out if you quit your job.
If you filed a workers’ comp claim and then quit your job, you may be asked to sign a release form. This form lets your former employer off the hook for an injury you got while working for them. It also takes away the workers’ compensation insurance company’s responsibility for the damage.
Why You Should Not Quit Your Job?
There are many reasons you shouldn’t give up a Workers’ Comp claim on your job. Here are some essential points:
1. When you file a Workers’ Comp claim, you give the insurance company control over your life. If you quit, they might decide that your injury isn’t as bad as you said and stop giving you benefits.
2. When you file a claim for workers’ compensation, you ask the government to help you get back on your feet. This can be a long and frustrating process, but giving up in the middle of it will only make it harder for you in the long run.
3. You could be out of work long if you wait for a hearing to get your benefits back. You wouldn’t be getting paid during that time, so you would likely fall behind on your bills.
4. Your health insurance could be taken away. If you quit your job, you will no longer be able to get health insurance through your employer. It could leave you without health insurance and open you to hefty medical bills.
However, there are some exceptions to these rules if you can show that you were fired or forced to quit your job. If your boss does this for the wrong reasons, it is a misdemeanor on their part. You don’t have to struggle in a position where you are being discriminated against. As we’ve seen, it’s hard to win a workers’ compensation case. To learn more about Workers’ Compensation laws or find out if you may be able to file a claim, please visit our website at DYS Law Group or call us today at (310) 473-2355