Q: Workers comp claim terminated, want to quit my job... however...
I received my workers comp letter and any benefits were terminated. I feel this was wrongfully done and I am bringing it up with a lawyer currently. However, I want to quit my job and go elsewhere while all of this is going on. Can I quit my job and work elsewhere without facing any consequences regarding the whole workers comp fiasco?
A: This is a question you really should be asking the lawyer you apparently already have on your WC case. It's a common issue and any serious WC attorney will be able to advise you, especially knowing more about your current injury-related medical condition and why you disagree with your benefits being terminated. That being said, there may or may not be consequences if your claim is "unclosed" and benefits are reinstated. The general rule is that if the company where you were working at the time of your injury has been giving you light duty, even hypothetical earnings from that light duty employment will continue to count against any disability benefits you may qualify for later (if you leave the job). There are many factors that go into the decision you need or want to make, it's best again to discuss with your current WC lawyer who knows your case better
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