Understanding how your resignation could impact your benefits

On Behalf of The Law Offices of Goldfine & Bowles, P.C.

March 3, 2020

If you were injured at your job in Illinois, one of the first things you probably did after receiving medical attention was file a petition to begin receiving workers’ compensation benefits. This support can provide monetary relief, but should also be focused on helping you transition back into working as you begin healing and recovering. If you have decided that you no longer wish to work for your employer, it is important that you understand how this decision could impact your benefits.

The injuries you sustained in your accident may be challenging to deal with, but they may seem especially daunting if you are confident that your accident could have been prevented. If you feel that your employer failed to provide adequate protection to allow you to perform your job safely, you may no longer wish to maintain your employment with them. Should you decide to resign, Chron suggests that you at least try to continue your employment until your case has been settled completely.

Jumping ship too early on could mean immediate termination of wage benefits. Even if you are dealing with a partial disability from your accident, leaving your job may mean no more monetary assistance. If you resign and are still actively working with doctors and other medical professionals to recover from your injuries, these medical benefits will not be affected by your decision to leave.

If you are informed that your decision to quit your job is going to prevent you from receiving assistance of any kind, you can take action against your employer. In some cases, you may be able to negotiate a lump-sum payment to account for the financial impact caused by your accident and subsequent injuries. When you understand how resigning could affect the help you are eligible to receive, you may be able to make more informed decisions about how to proceed going forward. For more information, if you have been injured at work, visit our web page.