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Quitting a job while on workers’ comp

On Behalf of | Jan 24, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

Upon suffering an injury at work, a New Jersey employee may file for workers’ compensation. Problems with the employer or other reasons might prompt the worker to resign. Critical questions might then arise about workers’ compensation payments when the employee chooses to leave the job.

Resigning from a job leads to concerns

Workers’ compensation payments fall into different categories. Medical payments and temporary or permanent disability payments are three types of benefits the injured worker may receive. With medical payments, the workers’ comp coverage would likely pay for necessary procedures and care even when the worker quits. Things could be different with the other two categories.

Anyone collecting temporary disability payments receives money intended to make up for lost wages while recovering from the injuries. Quitting a job while collecting these temp benefits would likely put an end to them. With partial permanent disability payments, quitting the job could end these benefits, but the injured worker might still collect a disability settlement.

Permanent disability payments require a high bar of proof for approval, and those who meet the requirements may receive a substantial settlement amount. Quitting might affect short-term payments, but the worker may not lose rights to a lump sum settlement.

Focusing on workers’ compensation concerns

A worker may quit a job while collecting workers’ compensation benefits because they did not know about the potential consequences. Learning more about New Jersey workers’ compensation rules could help someone avoid making a regrettable mistake.

Of course, a workers’ compensation claim must undergo approval before anyone receives benefits. Denials may happen, but an appeals process could reverse such adverse decisions.

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