Q: is it true that after the settlement with wc i have to leave work or get fired..etc after i sue them etc.?

im worried bc that was what i was told by my lawyer.... And i think that my employer should offer me job in w my retriccions given by my doc. i will like to my employer accommodate me in a job offer withing the retrictions i have for now... i wont like 2 lose my job o get fires just bc i got hurt there...

1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Hazleton, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: Many workers' compensation insurance carriers and some employers do require that you resign as part of a settlement. The reason for this is that in Pennsylvania aggravation of a preexisting condition can be considered a new work injury, so the day after you settle your claim you could potentially return to work and injure the same body part and have a new workers' compensation claim. From their position, they are paying a lump sum to resolve their ongoing liability. They do not want to pay the lump sum just to be back on the hook shortly thereafter for a new claim.

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