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Why You Shouldn’t Quit Your Job While on Workers’ Compensation

Returning to work after an on-the-job injury is difficult, not only physically, but mentally. You may still be recovering, and your employer might be making things difficult for you. Quitting your job is tempting — but don’t quit.

If you are still receiving workers’ compensation for your injury, be sure to speak to an attorney before quitting. Taking the right steps during this confusing process will help make sure your benefits continue.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits
There are three basic benefits you are entitled to under workers’ compensation: wage replacement benefits, medical treatment, and permanent disability compensation. These benefits vary based on the state you reside in. (This is why it is extremely important to have an attorney by your side.)

If you decide to resign or quit, you will continue to receive medical benefits according to your doctor’s note, but will give up your right to wage replacement benefits. If you are left partially disabled, your payments may be in jeopardy depending on your state’s law. In extreme cases, where you are permanently disabled, payments will continue to benefit you.

A Better Job
If you have found a job that suits you better, by all means, it’s worth considering. Just be sure to speak to your attorney first to discuss what will happen to your benefits.

Employer Refusal
If your employer denies to pay your benefits after you quit your job or after you file a workers’ compensation case, call an attorney. A qualified practitioner can help you avoid mistakes that could forfeit your benefits.

Taking Action
Talk with your lawyer before taking any actions. Laws and regulations for workers’ compensation are different in North Carolina. Insurance company claim adjusters are not there to notify you of all your benefits. Unfortunately, from their perspective they are trying to finish your case as quickly as they can.

Put yourself in good hands that can handle your case with precision and care. Contact Kelly and West for consultation today at (800) 936-3133.

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