My job is not year-round. Will that affect my NJ workers’ comp benefits?
Picture this scenario: You are a school teacher, so you only work from September to June. In May, you are injured on the job. Later that month you have surgery. For the next three months you will be receiving physical therapy and unable to work.
As a general rule, you can only receive temporary disability benefits (pay for your lost time from work) during the time that you would normally be working. Since your teaching job ends in June, you would only be able to receive temporary disability benefits until your last regular work day in that month.
However, there is one exception to this rule. If your main job isn’t year-round, you may work a second job to make ends meet. For instance, many teachers take seasonal jobs or work in restaurants and retail stores during the summer months. If you can show that you have consistently had summer or off-season jobs in the past, you may be entitled to temporary disability benefits for the entire time you are unable to work.
If you have been hurt at work in New Jersey, you may want to get in touch with a NJ workers’ comp lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli will help you understand your rights as an injured worker. Let us take care of the legalities of your case while you focus on your recovery. For a free consultation, contact us today at 973-285-1100. To learn more about NJ workers’ compensation law, feel free to download our free e-book: What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.
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