Can I Quit My Job on Workers’ Compensation?
If you’ve been injured at work and have been unable to return to your job, you may be wondering if you can quit your job and still be eligible for workers’ compensation. The answer to this question will depend on the type of work involved, the severity and details of your injury, and your state’s workers’ compensation laws.
Will I Lose My Workers’ Comp Benefits if I Quit My Job?
The laws vary from state to state, so you’ll want to consult with an attorney or the workers’ compensation office in your state to determine the exact rules. Generally speaking, you will not lose your workers’ comp benefits if you choose to quit your job. However, you may lose some of your benefits if you voluntarily quit your job with the intent of avoiding an injury or its consequences.
Does My Employer Have Any Rights?
The fact that you are receiving workers’ comp does not mean you are free from the obligations of your job. It is typically required that you be able to return to work in some capacity, or at least have an open communication regarding your injury and your ability to return to the job. Failure to cooperate with your employer can result in a loss of benefits.
If I Quit My Job, What Happens to My Workers’ Comp?
If you quit your job, your workers’ compensation benefits may be impacted, but you will still be able to pursue them. There are a few potential scenarios:
- You may be offered a partial or total disability benefit.
- If you voluntarily quit your job with the intent to avoid an injury or its consequences, you may lose your benefits.
- If your employer is unable to accommodate your injury or provide light duty work, you may be able to receive disability benefits.
It’s important to remember that the decision to quit your job should not be taken lightly. It should be discussed with an attorney or with the workers’ compensation office in your state to determine your individual rights and eligibility for benefits.
It may be possible to quit your job while still receiving workers’ comp benefits, depending on your state’s laws and the details of your injury. If you are considering quitting your job, be sure to consult with an attorney or the workers’ compensation office in your state to understand your rights and to determine if you will be eligible for benefits.