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Can you work while receiving workers’ comp?

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

If you suffered an injury on the job in Pennsylvania, you might be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits provide financial relief for medical expenses and lost wages due to your inability to work. But what happens if you feel well enough to return to work or take on a different role?

In Pennsylvania, the workers’ compensation system aims to protect both the employee and the employer. While it ensures injured workers get the necessary financial support, it also ensures they do not double-dip by working and receiving full benefits simultaneously. Here is a closer look at how this system operates.

Working while receiving benefits

You can still work while receiving workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania, but there are conditions and limitations to consider. If you return to your job at a capacity that pays less than what you earned pre-injury due to your work-related injury, you might be eligible for partial disability benefits. This means you will receive a portion of your workers’ compensation benefits to help make up for the wage difference.

Report any work

If you decide to work while receiving benefits, you must report your employment and any earnings to the insurance company providing the workers’ compensation. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties, including terminating your benefits.

The role of light-duty work

If your employer offers you a light-duty job that fits the medical restrictions set by your doctor, and you refuse it, you might risk losing your workers’ compensation benefits.

Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation while considering returning to work can be challenging. Learn what YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist can do for you by booking a free consultation with no obligation. Call 610-892-9300 or reach us online.