Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Employees with Multiple JobsMay 14, 2019
If you were injured at work, you are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits from your employer if you can prove that the injury was work-related. However, for the 7.8 million Americans who have more than one job, things can get a bit complicated when it comes to collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits. You may have concerns about losing your job if your injury causes you to miss work. You may be wondering if you can continue working at one job while collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits from another. A skilled and experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can thoroughly explain the options that are available to you and recommend the best legal course of action.
Common Concerns When Receiving Workers’ Compensation
There are several workplace injury scenarios that can make collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits tricky. You may have questions and concerns about how the injury you suffered at one job will affect your other job, particularly if the injury is preventing you from returning to work. The following are common concerns from workers who have more than one job, and how it impacts Workers’ Compensation:
- Will I lose one or both of my jobs if I receive Workers’ Compensation benefits?
Your employer may not terminate you simply because you collect Workers’ Compensation benefits for a work-related injury. However, if you receive benefits for an injury you suffered at job A, your employer at job B is free to terminate you on the grounds that they are not responsible for an injury that occurred at another place of employment.
- Am I eligible to collect benefits from both employers?
No, you can only collect Workers’ Compensation benefits from the job where you suffered the workplace injury.
- Notify your Workers’ Compensation lawyer about your other job.
If you are seeking Workers’ Compensation benefits, it is important that you notify your Workers’ Compensation lawyer and your employer from the job where you were injured that you have more than one job. If you do not disclose that you have another job and you proceed with collecting wage replacements, which can be up to two-thirds of your average weekly wages, or the maximum state-set level for the current year, you could face serious legal repercussions.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation benefits can be an overwhelming process, particularly if you have more than one job, you are unsure about how to proceed, or how your injury is going to impact your employment. A skilled Workers’ Compensation lawyer will walk you through the claims process and address all your questions and concerns.
Baltimore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Protect the Rights of Injured Workers
If you were injured at work, and you have more than one job, the Baltimore Workers’ Compensation lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton will review the details of your case and secure the full benefits to which you are entitled. We will determine which employer is responsible for providing your Workers’ Compensation benefits and ensure that your legal rights are always protected. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 844-556-4LAW (4529) or contact us online. Located in Baltimore, we serve clients throughout Maryland.