When someone is injured while on the job, workers’ compensation provides financial support while the individual recovers from their injuries, surgery, or rehabilitation. During this recovery time, it is not uncommon for individuals to search for other types of work that differ from the job at which they were injured. Additionally, workers’ compensation only pays out a percentage of income; therefore, recovering individuals may need additional income in order to make ends meet.
Whether or not you can work or start a new job while on workers’ compensation will depend on different factors. Every injury and workers’ compensation claim is different. In any case, you should contact a qualified California workers’ compensation lawyer to look over your unique circumstances.
Workers’ compensation benefits depend on the severity of the injuries and the overall circumstances. The primary physician decides whether, and under what types of conditions, an injured employee can work. Some employees are not allowed to work at all, and others can work with certain restrictions.
Although you may be able to work in another job that is different from the job at which you were injured, the benefits you receive could be affected. Also, you could get injured further or worsen your injury if you return to work too quickly or take on a new job that is more strenuous than you anticipated.
You must understand the restrictions that come with your workers’ compensation benefits to avoid losing them or having them reduced. Since getting another job while you are on workers’ compensation can affect your benefits, you will want to ensure that you make the right work choice before finding work.
If you were injured on the job and had a second job at the same time, you may be able to receive benefits from both places of employment due to your injuries. There are, however, specific requirements to qualify, and the benefits may completely or partially cover the lost wages of your second job.
It is also possible that, depending on your injuries, you may receive benefits and still be able to work at the job where your injury occurred. Certain restrictions (i.e., working with only lighter duties) may apply. Your employer must comply with whatever work restrictions your physician requests due to your injuries. It could be against the law for your employer not to allow you to work when you can or force you to work when you have a physician-recommended restriction on working.
If you have been injured on the job and are not sure how to proceed to receive benefits or compensation, contact an attorney as soon as possible. A workers’ compensation attorney will evaluate the facts of your case and provide you with sound advice. Although California is a no-fault workers’ compensation state, you may be able to pursue a third-party claim.
Workers’ compensation laws can be tricky and hard to navigate after you have been injured on the job. At KCNS Law Group, our lawyers understand what it takes to structure settlements and seek maximum compensation for our clients. We will fight for your case like we would fight for our family. To speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer, you can call (877) 513-9007 or fill out our contact form for a free consultation.