Can I Start a New Job While Receiving Workers’ Comp Benefits?
Understandably, suffering an on-the-job injury may make you second guess your current job. Despite receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you might consider changing jobs for peace of mind or if your wages change. Regardless of your reason, first consult your attorney at the John Mobley Law Firm to help make the best decision for you.
Fortunately, you can continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits if you start a new job. In South Carolina, it is illegal for your employer to fire you for reporting your injury. If you choose to leave, however, they are still responsible for your compensation. Your benefits cover 100 percent of your medical treatment, and you receive 2/3 of your original income if your injury takes you out of work. If you can still work to some extent, your benefits cover 2/3 of the difference between your pre-injury wages and your post-injury wages.
Taking on a new or additional job could affect the amount of workers’ compensation benefits you receive. Benefits make up for the difference in lost wages, so taking on a new job that pays more could result in losing your benefits. If you take a position in which you make less money or an extra job to supplement what you have lost, your benefits may be adjusted to receive less.
It is important to notify all your employers and report all of your income because not doing so would be considered fraud. If your doctor clears you for light-duty work, you may take on less strenuous tasks or partial responsibilities. Concealing your injuries at your new job also could get you terminated.
Taking on a new or additional job might lead your previous employer to question or dispute your need for workers’ compensation benefits. Be sure to talk to your doctor and schedule a free consultation with the experienced attorneys at the John Mobley Law Firm before changing jobs or getting additional employment while receiving workers’ compensation benefits.