What happens to your workers’ compensation benefits if you leave your job?

After securing workers’ compensation, there may be situations where it makes sense to leave your job. You may not feel safe in your work environment anymore, or you may want to look for a new line of work altogether. While you consider your next step, you may wonder if you can still receive your workers’ comp benefits if you choose to leave your job. 

Can I still collect my workers’ comp benefits after leaving my job?

In order to receive ongoing compensation for a workplace injury after you choose to leave your job, you must be able to show that you resigned your job because of your injury. 

If you choose to leave your job due to an inability to continue to work and you still require medical treatment, you are entitled to workers’ comp until you recover from your workplace injury, or until work becomes available. You may have sustained an injury that requires ongoing medical treatment or suffered an injury that leaves you with a partial or permanent disability. Under these circumstances, you are entitled to workers’ comp even if you do choose to quit your job. 

A workplace injury may cause you to feel unsafe or uncomfortable in your work environment or while completing your typical job duties. If this is the case, you must be able to prove you left your job with justifiable cause. The best strategy in these situations is to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney like Rachel Fitzgerald, who will prepare your case and compile evidence to help you prove unsafe workplace environment claims. 

Can I file for workers’ compensation benefits if I have already quit my job?

Filing for and securing workers’ compensation for a workplace injury after you quit your job can further complicate an already complex, confusing process. If this is the case, it is vital that you notify your employer of any workplace injuries in a timely manner.

If you have already quit and are seeking workers’ compensation, you will need to compile evidence from any witnesses, as well as medical records and documentation concerning the injury you have. A workers’ compensation lawyer is a crucial resource in these circumstances, and will ease the stress and time commitment of the workers’ compensation process. Learn more about key documents to have during the workers’ comp filing process in a previous blog post. 

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If you are considering leaving your job at any point in the workers’ comp process, consulting with an attorney is the best way to identify your options and help ensure that your benefits will not be impacted by a change in employment. 

This process does not have to be painful. Attorney Rachel Fitzgerald is an expert at navigating the workers’ compensation process, practicing with knowledge, compassion and open communication to help secure the benefits and care you deserve. Take an important step in securing your compensation and schedule a free consultation today.

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Fitzgerald Law Firm