Will I Lose My Workers’ Compensation Benefits If I Quit My Job?
If you are injured at work or you develop a medical condition or illness because of your job, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits under Florida’s Workers’ Compensation laws. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to provide income assistance while you obtain medical treatment of a job-related injury or illness. Workers’ compensation benefits also pay for that medical treatment. In order to receive benefits, you must file a claim and follow all steps required by law.
Once the doctor has cleared you to return to work, you can return to your job. If you have a permanent medical condition or disability, you may also be entitled to receive a settlement as compensation for the permanent condition. Your employer cannot fire you because you file a valid workers’ compensation claim. If you are wrongfully fired by your employer, you can file a civil action against the employer for wrongful termination. However, you can voluntarily quit your job while you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
How Does Quitting My Job Affect My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
There is nothing preventing you from quitting your job while you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits or you are being treated for a work-related injury or workplace illness. When you are treating with an approved medical provider, your treatment should continue even if you decide to quit your job. If you are unable to work, your wage benefits may not be affected if you quit your job while receiving workers’ compensation benefits. If you quit your job after the physician has assigned a permanent impairment rating, your settlement should not be affected.
However, there may be situations where quitting your job could have a negative effect on your workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if the medical provider has released you to return to work with certain limitations, your employer has accommodated those limitations, and you decide to quit or refuse to return to work with the restrictions prescribed by your medical provider, your wage compensation could be reduced or terminated.
Workers’ compensation laws are complicated and the right to receive workers’ compensation benefits may be impacted by a variety of things. Before you quit your job or make any other major decisions while your workers’ compensation claim is open, you should consult an experienced Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer. In most cases, the decision regarding your workers’ compensation benefits will be case-specific based on the facts surrounding your claim. You cannot base a decision to quit your job on what may or may not have occurred in another claim.
Contact an Experienced South Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. represents workers’ compensation claims for individuals in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and all surrounding areas. Our workers’ compensation attorneys want to help you receive the benefits you are entitled to receive for your workplace injury and/or illness.