A recent National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) study found that many injured workers don’t take full advantage of their workers’ compensation benefits. Less than half of the workers who are disabled and file a claim for benefits end up receiving them.
One of the most common reasons for this is that employees feel they have to choose between their new job and getting benefits. It can be hard to decide whether or not to start a new job while getting workers’ compensation benefits. Before starting a new job, you should know a few things to make the best choice for yourself and your workers’ comp case.
Starting A New Job While Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits
A recent survey found many people start a new job while getting workers’ compensation benefits. Almost a third of the people who answered said they had done this at some point in their careers.
There are many reasons someone might want to start a new job while still getting workers’ compensation benefits. Some people use it to ease back into work after getting hurt. Some people might need the money to care for themselves and their families.
No matter why starting a new job while getting workers’ compensation benefits is not a decision that should be taken lightly.
- First, you should notify your workers’ compensation carrier of your new job. You should also provide them with the relevant information, such as your job title, salary, and start date.
You will also need to give your new employer’s name and contact information. As your new employer will likely require you to fill out a new workers’ compensation benefits policy, your old policy must get cancelled.
If you do not notify your old carrier of your new job, you may be held liable for any accidents or injuries that occur at your new workplace.
- Secondly, you may need to get approval from your doctor.
If you have been hurt on the job, your doctor may need to permit you to start a new career because your doctor will need to look at your health and decide if you can work or not.
If you are still getting better from your injury, your doctor may suggest that you take on less work or work from home. They may also tell you to avoid doing certain things that worsen your condition.
Following your doctor’s instructions when returning to work after an injury is crucial, if you don’t, you might hurt yourself more or make your condition worse.
- You will need to determine how your new job will affect your recovery process.
When starting a new career after a work injury, the biggest thing to consider is how the new job will affect your recovery process. If you are still recovering from your injury, you will need to ensure that your new job does not put undue stress on your body or exacerbate your damage.
It would help if you were honest with your new employer about your injury and ongoing recovery process. This way, they can be aware of any accommodation you may need to do your job effectively.
- Understand that your workers’ compensation benefits may be reduced or stopped if you return to work.
In California, your workers’ compensation benefits may be reduced or eliminated if you return to work. The reduction will depend on your salary and the type of job you have.
If you work part-time or full-time, your workers’ compensation benefits will be based on your current salary. If you work less than 20 hours per week, your benefits will be calculated using your pre-injury wage.
If you have a permanent disability, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services can help you find a job suited to your abilities.
This blog discussed how workers’ compensation benefits might be reduced or stopped if you return to work in California. If you have been injured at work and are thinking about returning to work, it is essential to understand the potential consequences. To speak with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer, please visit us at DYS Law Group or call us at (310) 473-2355.