Yes. If a better job becomes available, you should always do what is best for you and your family. Having stated this, you should be aware of how changing jobs could affect your workers compensation claim.
First, if you are off work due to a job injury and are drawing temporary total disability benefits (ttd), you have must inform the employer with whom you have your workers compensation claim or their insurance provider that you have a new job and are receiving wages. You are not entitled to draw temporary total disability benefits or temporary partial disability benefits while working for a new employer.
Secondly, it you take a new job making similar or more money than you were at your previous position, you may be waiving your right to vocational compensation. Having stated this, in my opinion you should never let a possible monetary recovery cause you to make a decision which would hurt you and your family in the long run.
Lastly, if you are thinking of taking a new job, be sure to inform you potential new employer of your job injury and any physical limitations you have as the result of said job injury. If you mislead your new employer and somehow make your injury worse at your new job, you may be found to have waived your rights under the Alabama Workers Compensation system for any new injury and to have cut off your right to further benefits in your current claim.
If you suffered a work injury, you live or work in anywhere in North Alabama, and you have questions about your workers’ compensation claim and would like to speak with an experienced North Alabama Workmen’s Compensation attorney, the workers compensation lawyers at Powell and Denny would appreciate the chance to help you.
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