Alabama Workers Compensation Questions: (27) Can I take a New Job while pursuing a workers’ compensation claim?
Of course you can, and if the new job is one you can perform and is better for you and your family, I believe you have an obligation to do what is best for you and yours. Suffering a job injury does not mean that you cannot continue to strive for something better. Having stated this, you do have some obligations if you are going to accept a new job.
First, be sure to be honest with your new employer. Let them know what your injuries are, what your medical regime is and what your current physical limitations are-failure to be upfront and honest could cause irreparable harm to your claim and your new employment status.
Secondly, if you are drawing temporary total disability (ttd) benefits, you have to inform the workers compensation carrier of the fact you are working so your ttd check can be stopped or the amount lessened. Working and earning an income while drawing ttd benefits can be found to be a fraudulent and criminal act, so it is vital to be sure all the appropriate parties are aware of your new job.
Additionally, a new job may have an effect on any settlement are verdict you are entitled to receive. While you should bear this in mind, it alone should not stop you from doing what is best for you and your family.
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