What can't I do when I'm on workers compensation?

Getting workers compensation benefits in D.C., Maryland or Virginia means you had an injury at work and are getting medical treatment or disability payments while you can't work due to the injury. 

If you're getting workers comp benefits, you can't be working somewhere else.  That's fraud and you will be required to pay back the workers comp benefits and could also go to jail.  Here's what happened to one of these cheaters.

So it should be obvious, but you can't work on the side if you're getting benefits.

Now, what should you do when you're on workers compensation?  There's a lot, but here are a few tips:

  • Go to all of your doctor's appointments and get all the treatment you need
  • Provide your out of work slips to your employer or insurance company
  • Let your employer know if your doctor says you can return to work with restrictions and see if they have any light or modified duty for you


The workers compensation system can be overwhelming - unfair, burdensome, slow and difficult.  But don't make it harder on yourself by doing something you shouldn't.