Worker’s Compensation and Multiple Jobs
What happens when you are working two or more jobs and you are injured at one of them? You are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits from the insurance carrier for the job where you were hurt, but this will not adequately compensate you for your loss of income from both jobs. It is important for you to notify the insurance company of the other job right away. You may need to provide them with your pay stubs from the other job, and if you are not able to continue in that job, they will have to add that wage to your average weekly wage. Since they are not the insurance carrier for that second job, it is more difficult than it should be to get this done. They can’t have the same level of contact with that employer that they can with their insured, and they don’t like that.
As I have mentioned in other blogs, average weekly wage includes all of your wages, not just the one from the place where you were injured. A lower than expected average weekly wage affects your temporary disability and permanent disability so it’s important to get this right from the start. If you have to go to a hearing to get it changed then you do not want to do so without an attorney.
Additionally, if you’ve been hurt at work, give me a call. Most Worker’s Compensation attorneys (myself included) will evaluate your case for free or talk with you to make sure we are a fit, all it takes is a call. Always ask your prospective lawyers how long they have worked in that area of the law; I have over 30 years of experience in this field. If you have been hurt and want someone to fight for you, call me at 303-792-5595 or submit a request using the button on the right side of the page to have someone from our office contact you.