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Will workers' compensation affect my long-term work options?

Being injured on the job may seem like one of the most frightening and unfortunate circumstances that could befall you, but you should know that it will likely not be as bad as you think. If you are injured in such a way that you are unable to go to work and earn a paycheck, you will likely still have income in the form of workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation benefits are extremely important to all workers, but especially those who are injured on the job or fall ill because of their job. It ensures that these workers will not be left destitute and helpless if they are injured while performing the functions of their jobs, allowing them time to recover from their injuries and ensuring that they can still afford to live while doing so.

Understandably, some people are worried about the long-term effects of an injury from which they received workers' compensation benefits, specifically what they can expect when returning to work. For example, injured workers may be concerned that they will not enjoy the same position in their company after being sidelined for a long time with injury, and, unfortunately, this is a real concern.

While the monetary benefits of workers' compensation may continue if you are reinstated at your job with a lesser wage than you had before you were injured, there are not necessarily reinstatement requirements in workers' compensation benefits. These issues are generally left up to the states, and you may not actually be reinstated to your same position if you are out for an extended period of time recovering from an injury. In order to gain a full understanding of your circumstances, as well as how New York law will affect your return to work, it is highly recommended that you meet with an attorney.

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