As you collect workers’ compensation for an injury on the job, you may encounter a situation where the payment ceases suddenly.
Learning why these cutoffs occur can help you determine if this is fair or not.
According to the Massachusetts Guide for Injured Workers, you stop receiving payments once you are officially able to return to your job. This includes getting a medical note from your primary care physician stating that you are capable of doing what your position demands you do.
Your place of work needs to write a notice stating that a suitable position is available for you. In some cases, judges or officials may stop your benefits for an entirely separate reason.
If you do not attend a requested evaluation, your benefits may stop. The state’s vocational rehabilitation services is responsible for making sure disabled employees return to work as soon as possible, so any meetings requested by them are important to attend in order to continue with your previous employment.
Refusing to meet or set a date to talk shows you do not want to cooperate, and officials assume you may be avoiding a return to work.
Imprisonment or a felony can also cause you to lose your workers’ compensation. In addition, not meeting with your insurer’s doctor may disqualify you from additional compensation.
In some of these cases, reduction of the amount you receive is also a possibility, rather than the loss of all your benefits. If you have stopped receiving payments but have not refused doctors’ visits or examiner requests, you may need additional legal help.