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Can You Work Another Job While Collecting Workers Compensation in Tennessee?

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If you have been injured on the job in Tennessee and are collecting workers’ compensation benefits then you know all too well that the payments your receive are usually not enough to cover all of your expenses. The reason for this is because workers’ compensation benefits in Tennessee will reimburse an injured employee 66.67% of their average weekly wage while they are unable to work. If your salary is decreased by over 25% then you can see how making ends meet can be difficult. During this time, it is not uncommon to see an injured employee think about supplementing his/her income by taking on additional employment.

Why Taking A Second Job Can Be Problematic

Unfortunately, while seeking a second means of income may seem like a logical and good idea, listed below are just some of the issues that can arise.

  • Workers’ compensation benefits are for those that are physically unable to work, so if you take on a second job you are in essence declaring yourself physically able to work.
  • If you aggravate the injury you sustained while working your first job, then your benefits could then be denied completely or drastically decreased.
  • If you had a second job at the time of your injury, then you should consult with your treating physician to determine if you are physically able to perform your secondary employment in a physically safe manner. If not, you should consult with a worker’s compensation attorney to determine how to legally proceed with collecting benefits from one or both employers.

Why You Should Speak To An Attorney

We often tell clients that one of the worst places you can get injured is at your workplace. Unfortunately, the laws are slanted in favor of the employers, and collecting workers’ compensation can be difficult. The worker’s compensation attorneys at The Chiozza Law Firm have extensive experience in getting injured employees the maximum payment allowed by Tennessee’s worker’s compensation law.

Chiozza Offers Free Consultations

All consultations are free and confidential, so don’t hesitate to contact an attorney by calling (901) 526-9494 or email Attorney Brian Chiozza, brian@chiozzalaw.com, for immediate assistance.



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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 9:13 AM
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