If I quit my job, what happens to my workers comp claim?
by Lulu (Eugene, Oregon)
I'm on workers comp for a brachial plexus injury and am scheduled for an independent medical exam (IME) next month. I have been doing light duty work for 20hrs/week for about 2 months. I have been thinking about quitting my current job because I hate it. I didn't like the work I was doing before I got injured, and I don't like working in the office.
Can I just quit? Or could I get in some kind of trouble with the workers comp office? Can they discontinue my benefits if I quit? I got injured at work while living and working in Washington. I now live in Oregon. Thanks.
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ANSWER for "If I quit my job, what happens to my workers comp claim?":
Lulu (Eugene, Oregon):
You should be able to resign from your current employment without adverse consequences from the workers' insurance company. The controlling issue is whether or not the injury occurred while you were performing your work duties. From the facts you present, it appears there isn't any question but that your injuries were work related.
Your move to Oregon should also not have any bearing on your right to workers' comp benefits. Once again, the controlling issue is whether or not your injury occurred while performing your work duties. It did, so you should qualify for benefits relating to that injury.
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