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Can You Still Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits if You Go Back to Work?

You were hurt on the job and out of work for a while. You’ve been able to find a job that your injuries allow you to perform, but it pays less than your prior position paid. Can you take the job at a lower wage and still get benefits under a workers’ compensation claim? The answer is yes.

Under the New York workers’ compensation laws, you can make a claim for what is known as a “reduction in earnings,” also known as a “reduced earnings award.” The law allows you to recover up to 2/3rds of your average weekly wage, up to the statutory maximum. So, for example, if you were making $600 a week before your injury, you are entitled to $400 per week. If your new job only pays you $300 per week, you can file a claim for an additional $100 per week.

A specific requirement, though, is that you be under medical treatment to receive those benefits. You should schedule a monthly visit with your doctor and the doctor must document that the reason you are working a job that pays less money is that your work-related injury prevents you from returning to your former job.

What Happens When You Take a Job Paying Less—Can You Still Get Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

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Michael Serres, ESQ.

Michael Serres, ESQ. is a reputed Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Astoria, Queens, NY. He graduated from St. John’s University School of Law in 1989. Mr. Serres was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1990 and is admitted in the Federal District Courts for the Southern and the Eastern Districts of New York. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Workers’ Compensation Bar Association and is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Queens County Bar Association.