Question: I injured my back at work two years ago. I was unable to work for about six months and I received workers compensation checks. I was then able to go back to work. At first I was doing light duty but then my doctor released me back to my regular job. I left that job for a better paying job with another employer last year. I didn’t like that second job so I quit. But now my old employer won’t take me back. Can I apply for workers compensation from my old employer?? Anonymous, Scranton, Pa.
Answer: In order to collect workers compensation you must show that you have a continuing disability as the result of a work-related injury. You indicate that your doctor released you to return to work without restriction about 1 1/2 years ago. That being the case, it appears that you would not be entitled to ongoing workers compensation benefits since you are not currently disabled. To the contrary, your current wage loss is the result of an unfortunate set of circumstances where you left one job for another and the seond job didn’t agree with you. However, if you should incur a loss of earnings as a result of physical limitations related to your work injury, you may be entitled to pursue a claim for workers compensation benefits.
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Disclaimer: The above article is for instructive purposes only and each case is fact sensitive. Consultation with an attorney should be obtained instead of reliance upon the legal issues discussed in this column.