If you have recovered from your injury and you have returned to your job, and you are earning the same or a higher salary as you did before your injury, your wage loss benefits will end.
If your doctor determines that you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI), which is the point at which they do not believe you will heal any more than you already have, but feels that you have recovered enough to return to your job, the doctor may include medical restrictions. If your employer finds you a new job that accommodates these medical restrictions but pays you a lower wage, you are still eligible to receive two-thirds of the difference between your previous wage and your current wage. You will also continue to receive medical benefits if necessary.
If you agree to a settlement with your employer and their insurance carrier, you will be asked to sign a final release which will end on your workers’ compensation benefits. Before you sign any settlement offer from your employer, it is very important to speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you are getting all the benefits to which you are entitled.