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Can I Get a Settlement from Worker’s Comp if I Go Back to Work?

The ability to obtain a workers’ compensation settlement after returning to work depends on a variety of factors, including the nature and extent of your injury, laws in your state, and the terms of your workers’ comp case.
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What is Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation is a type of insurance designed to provide medical and wage benefits to employees who are injured on the job. The main purpose of workers' comp is to protect workers and employers by providing a no-fault insurance system, meaning that injured employees are eligible to receive benefits regardless of who was at fault for the injury.

Workers' comp covers medical expenses, rehabilitation, and therapy for injuries that occur on the job. This includes doctor visits, hospital stays, surgeries, and RX drugs.

If an employee is unable to work due to their injury, workers' comp provides wage replacement benefits based on the severity of the injury and jurisdictional laws.

Workers' compensation may also include disability benefits, which compensate workers for lost wages if they are temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of becoming injured on the job.

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How Does Returning to Work Affect My Workers' Comp Claim?

In many cases of workers' comp, a settlement may be reached even if you have returned to work. Settlements are typically negotiated agreements between the injured worker and the insurance company. The settlement amount will depend on factors such as the seriousness of the injury, medical expenses, and degree of impairment.

Points to consider include:

  • Negotiation Process - Settlement negotiations involve discussions between the injured worker, their legal counsel, and the insurance company. The goal of negotiations is to reach a mutually agreeable resolution.
  • Medical Evaluation - The settlement amount may be affected by medical evaluations that assess the long-term impact of the injury.
  • Legal Counsel - It's advisable to speak with a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney to guide you through the settlement process, especially if there are complex factors at play.
  • Terms of Settlement - The terms of the settlement, including any release of future claims, should be carefully reviewed and understood before reaching a settlement agreement.

Also Read: Can I Get Disability After a Workers Comp Settlement?

Worried that Going Back to Work May Affect Your Workers' Comp Claim?

Workers' comp laws vary by state, which is why it's important to be aware of the specific rules and regulations of your jurisdiction. Speaking with a workers' compensation attorney can help you with personalized advice based on your specific needs and the laws applicable to your case.

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