Scranton NEPA Work Injury Lawyers- Workers Compensation Question- What Happens When I Quit My Job??

Date: May 16, 2012

Question- I was hurt on the job last summer. I returned to light duty work in the fall and was earning the same pay as when I got hurt. For years now, I’ve been having issues with the owner of the company. He and I never got along. At the company Christmas party, I told him what I really thought about him and then I quit my job. My cousin told me that my workers comp payments should start up again as i’m back out of work. Is that true?   Anonymous, Northeast Pa.

Answer: Pennsylvania states that when you have returned to work, your benefits have been suspended, and you then quit your job for reasons unrelated to the work injury, your wage loss benefits will remain in suspension on the theory that your “quit” amounts to a failure to pursue an available job in good faith. This has no effect on the employer’s ongoing responsibility to pay your work-related medical expenses. In order to have your wage loss benefits reinstated, you mus show that your work-related medical condition changed to the extent that you were no longer able to perform the tasks of the position you held at the time you quit.


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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. 


Tom Cummings
Thomas P. Cummings has been a Partner with Dougherty Leventhal & Price, LLP since 1996 and has been with the firm since 1991. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability and personal injury cases.