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Considering a Job Change While on Workers’ Compensation? Here’s What You Need to Know:

Colorado Workers Compensation Attorney

Are you thinking about a career move after filing a workers’ compensation claim?

Concerned about the impact on your benefits if you decide to leave your current role?

If you’re unsatisfied in your current role, it’s important to know that you have the freedom to explore new opportunities, even if you’re in the middle of a workers’ compensation claim. Don’t let the fear of losing your benefits keep you from accepting a better suited opportunity. Whether you wish to start a new path, move to a new area, or accept a pay increase, know that it’s in your rights to do so. 

While quitting your job during a workers’ compensation claim is well within your rights, understand that this decision could possibly influence the benefits that you receive. Medical care is most likely to be covered, yet your other benefits could change. 

Understanding the impact of leaving your job during your Workers’ Compensation Claim: 

Insurance Companies Could Push Back 

If you choose to leave your job and start a new one, this could influence the insurance companies to change your wage benefits. If you switch to a job that pays less than your pre-injury position, they could refuse to cover the gap in your wages. They can claim that the wage gap is caused by you switching jobs, and not because of your work-related injury. 

Additionally, insurance companies can also try and say that your new role is causing your medical needs, instead of your previous one. This gives them another reason to avoid paying you! 

What to Consider Before You Leave Your Job 

Unemployment Benefits: It’s important to know that if you quit your job without having a new one lined up, you’ll lose the right to unemployment benefits. 

Physical Requirements: Examine the physical demands of your new job carefully before accepting. Accepting a new job with physical requirements that exceed your level of medical restriction may jeopardize your workers’ compensation benefits. 

Consult Your Doctor: Seek approval from your doctor before you accept a new position. Additionally, discuss your medical restrictions with your potential new employer to be sure that they’ll accommodate all your needs before you accept the offer. 

Consult a Colorado Workers Compensation Attorney Before You Quit 

Many people miss out on their benefits because they don’t seek professional guidance. Don’t navigate your workers’ compensation claim alone or else you could miss out on the compensation that you’re entitled to. Before you quit, it’s crucial to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to make sure you’re getting all the accommodations that you deserve. 

If you have questions about your worker’s compensation rights, then reach out to our team of Colorado Workers Compensation Attorneys today! Your peace of mind matters. We’ll go over all possible outcomes with you to ensure that you receive the best possible outcome.

The initial consultation with our office is free! If you have questions or concerns about your Colorado Workers’ Compensation, please contact us to discuss your rights. 

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