What Can't I do When I'm on Workers' Compensation?

What Are Workers' Compensation Benefits?

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

If I'm on workers' comp for one job, can I be working at another job?

The short answer is no, and the long answer is also no. 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.

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 (disability) slips to your 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. 

One of the ways you can make things really hard on yourself is by not hiring an attorney to advocate for your rights.

Don't hesitate or wait to call us at 202-393-3320; you will speak to an intake specialist today who will take down your information for review at no cost or obligation to you. What have you got to lose? The answer is benefits, medical treatments, and appropriate settlement if you have a complicated case and no attorney. Give us a call today: 202-393-3320. You won't be sorry!

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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