If you’ve been injured on the job, we know that finding work, retaining your current job, and understanding what’s next for your life can be traumatic and, functionally, can place you in limbo. When you’ve been hurt, there’s nothing more important than your health. However, once you have begun the slow process of maintaining your “new normal” after a terrible accident, it’s imperative to make sure you have a caring and understanding Philadelphia workers’ comp attorney to help you navigate your case, fight for your rights, and know what you can expect after a settlement.
Why would I need to resign from my job?
A workers’ compensation settlement you win against your company may specify that, in order to decrease future liability, you resign as a condition of your settlement. Some insurance companies that provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage to Pennsylvania employers will require resignation as a key part of settling a suit. In Pennsylvania, it is possible to sustain a new work injury called “aggravation of a preexisting condition.” If you’re not permanently impaired after your workers’ compensation claim and returned to work, only to exacerbate and re-injure yourself in the same way as previous, you could file a new workers’ compensation claim.
Pennsylvania workers’ compensation insurance firms and many employers envision their settlement as payment of a lump sum to resolve an ongoing liability. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to open themselves up to the liability of a new workers’ compensation claim. And it certainly doesn’t make a lot of sense for you to put yourself in the position of getting hurt again. Although there’s no current state law that requires you to resign, it is a possible condition of a settlement.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, we represent all kinds of injured workers, from teachers to construction workers, to those in the service industry. No matter how you’ve been hurt or what your job is, it’s worth it for your peace of mind—and for your family’s—to call a trusted and reputable Philadelphia workers’ comp lawyer. If you’d like to learn more about our services or would like to tell us about your case, please call 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We fight for workers injured in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.