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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions What if I Quit my Job

Alabama Workers Compensation Questions What if I Quit my Job

Alabama Workers Compensation Question: What happens to my Alabama Workers Compensation Claim if I decide to quit my job?

This is a question our attorneys have been asked many times through the last 25 years. A workers suffers a serious job injury, and they decide that the job is just too dangerous, or they end up angry with their employer, or they have an opportunity to get a better job. The injured worker is worried about whether they will be waiving their right to Alabama workers compensation benefits if they quit their job.

Don't worry. The fact that you quit your job does not mean that your injuries are no longer covered by your former employers' workers compensation coverage. The workers compensation carrier is still responsible for your medical treatment and compensation whether you still work for the same employer or not.

However, quitting your job could affect your right to temporary total disability benefits (ttd) you are entitled to receive if the treating physician gives you work restrictions. When a worker is given work restrictions, the employer has the right to accommodate said restrictions and allow you back to work, or if no such accommodation is made, the injured worker is entitled to ttd benefits during the time of their recovery or until such time as their employer can accommodate any restrictions. By quitting your job before your reach maximum medical improvement (mmi), you have basically waived any obligation for your employer to try to accommodate your work restrictions, and if they would have been able to accommodate said restrictions, then you would not be entitled to any ttd benefits.

So, quitting your job will not act to waive your overall rights under Alabama's workers compensation system, but it may affect some rights temporarily.

If you or a loved one suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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