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Returning to Work: Compensation and Wage Loss Benefits

Returning to Work: Compensation and Wage Loss Benefits

Returning to work after a workplace injury can help you recover better by becoming more active again. You can also regain the full income that your worker’s compensation couldn’t provide. However, you might be wondering about what will happen to your workers’ compensation once you return. If you are planning to return to work soon after recovering from a workplace injury, here are some answers to a few questions you may be thinking about:

What Will Happen to My Workers’ Compensation?

What happens to your workers’ compensation depends on your situation. Factors like how much you were earning before your injury compared to now play a big part. In most states, your worker’s compensation will continue unless you begin to receive wages that are equal to or greater than what you were earning before the injury. If the latter is the case, your compensation benefits are likely to stop. If you are facing a decrease in wage due to your injury, however, you may be eligible to continue receiving wage loss benefits. However, these benefits will likely decrease over time.

What are Wage Loss Benefits and Will I Need Them?

Wage loss benefits, also known as reduced earnings benefits, are offered as part of your workers’ compensation if you come back to work making less than you were prior to your injury because of your disability. Chances are, as long as your injury or disability does not affect your full ability to work, you will likely not encounter this problem. However, if your disability does affect your ability to work, resulting in lower earnings,these wage loss benefits will make up for the loss in pay you may experience.

Can I Be Fired After My Injury?

There are some cases where an employer cannot hold a job position open for an employee’s return after a period of time while they are recovering from a workplace injury. In addition, employers are not required to keep you as an employee if you are unable to return to your former duties.If this is the case, workers’ compensation may provide you with unemployment benefits or vocational rehabilitation that includes training you for a job that can better accommodate your disability.