What If I Quit While Receiving Workers’ Comp?

Attorney Mark Rufo PC

After suffering injuries on the job, it is only natural that you may wish to break the working relationship. Several reasons may contribute to this. For starters, the employer’s negligence may have caused the incident. How the employer handles the complaint may also create friction. Finally, the injuries you suffered may become so serious that you cannot reasonably return to work.

Business magazine, Chron, shares that resigning from the job may bring an end to the benefits you currently receive. In fact, the magazine encourages workers to remain with the current employer, at least until settling the case.

Three main benefits

Workers’ compensation provides three key benefits that you may need. These include medical treatment, wage replacement and disability compensation. During the middle of a workman’s compensation claim, if you resign and the doctor classifies ongoing treatment as necessary, you may still receive medical benefits.

If you end up with disabilities, review current New Hampshire laws and average wages to determine potential benefits going forward. For permanent disabilities, payments may continue for some time or the person may become eligible for a settlement.

Employer refusal

If you quit your job, your employer may become combative and refuse to pay benefits. When this happens, you may consider seeking a hearing. In these instances, both sides present information and make a case to the judge. The judge then issues his or her decision on whether you should receive benefits and how much of it you should receive.

Many people prefer lump-sum settlements. Settling with the insurance company presents one good option for receiving this. The judge may also award a settlement after a hearing.