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Can I Start A New Job While Receiving Workers’ Compensation?

Posted in Workers Compensation on June 6, 2022

Anytime a person sustains an on-the-job injury, it is very likely that they will be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits. This includes complete compensation for all medical bills, as well as a significant portion of lost wages if a person cannot work while recovering. However, what if a person leaves a job after sustaining an injury and begins a new job? Will they continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits?

What You Can Receive on Workers’ Comp

Individuals who sustain workplace injuries in Arizona will typically be able to recover various types of compensation. First and foremost, workplace injury victims should be able to recover full compensation for all medical treatment needed due to the on-the-job injury. This includes emergency medical bills, follow-up doctor treatments, physical therapy and rehabilitation, prescription medications and medical devices, and more. 

Additionally, if individuals are unable to work while they are recovering from their injuries, they should be able to receive two-thirds of their average weekly wage for a specified amount of time until they are able to return to work. If an individual can return to work but at a lower-paying position because of their injury, they could receive two-thirds of the difference between their old wage and their new wage until they are able to return to their previous position.

Starting a New Job After an On-the-Job Injury

Individuals are certainly allowed to start a new job and continue receiving certain workers’ compensation benefits from their previous employer. However, some of these benefits could be reduced or discontinued if an individual accepts a job at an equal or higher rate of pay than the position they originally had before they were injured.

In most cases, individuals will be able to continue receiving payment for medical care related to their on-the-job injury, even if they start a new job. It is not uncommon for individuals to be able to work and still receive medical treatment for an injury, so long as they are cleared to do so by their treating physician. 

However, taking a new job at the same or higher rate of pay than their pre-injury position will likely mean that any supplemental income they were receiving will be discontinued.

Working With an Attorney

If you or somebody you love has sustained a workplace injury, you should be entitled to various types of benefits. If you are thinking of starting a job with a new employer after the injury occurs, we encourage you to speak to your doctor about the new job and reach out to a Phoenix workers’ compensation attorney if you think there will be any issues with continuing to receive your rightful benefits.

A skilled lawyer will make sure that your rights are upheld every step of the way. An attorney will thoroughly investigate the injury incident, handle all negotiations with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier, and ensure that you receive benefits in a timely manner. Your attorney will also be able to advise you about how taking a new job may affect your benefit payouts.