No, you cannot work a second job while collecting workers' compensation benefits. In early September, a woman in Waterbury was arrested for collecting $22,000 in workers' compensation benefits while allegedly working another job.
The woman was collecting benefits for an injury she suffered while working as a nursing assistant at St. Mary's Hospital. However, after starting to receive benefits, she allegedly continued to work at her second job as a live-in caretaker.
This recent arrest is just one example of the Workers' Compensation Fraud Unit prosecuting individuals who work a second job while receiving benefits. In Connecticut, it is illegal to work a second job while receiving workers' compensation benefits for a work injury.
Why is it illegal to work a second job while getting benefits?
Workers' compensation benefits are designed to help individuals who suffer an injury at work. These benefits can help cover medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages while you are unable to work. If you are able to work a second job, then you may be able to return to your previous work or find suitable employment elsewhere.
What if you had the second job already?
If you had a second job to make ends meet at the time of your work injury, workers' compensation may provide coverage for a portion of those wages. When you make your claim for benefits, you can claim all compensation as your income, including income from another job. That way, you can make sure that you receive the full coverage you need while you recover from a serious work injury.
The amount of benefits after an injury can be complicated, and it will depend on a number of factors. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help you understand the benefits you are entitled to receive and your rights under the law.