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Man Penalized for Receiving Workers' Compensation Benefits While Working

A Kentucky man pled guilty to theft for working while receiving workers' compensation benefits, specifically wage loss and temporary total disability benefits, from the City of Cincinnati.  Due to his misconduct the man was ordered to pay over $14,000 in restitution to the City of Cincinnati.  He also was sentenced to numerous hours of community service.

Temporary total disability benefits are provided when your work-related injuries prevent you from working or if you could perform light-duty work but your employer has refused to reasonably accommodate your medical needs.

Permanent partial disability benefits are awarded when you are injured but you can perform light-duty work.  The amount of benefit would vary depending on the amount you were making prior to injury and the amount you currently receive.  

Under Pennsylvania law, a worker who has filed a petition or is receiving partial or total disability benefits is required to provide the insurer/employer a written report of any information that is relevant to determining the worker's eligibility for benefits.  Information that must be reported includes, but is not limited to, the receipt of wages.  It does not matter if the wages are from another employer or from self employment--receipt of wages must be reported to avoid the penalty provisions of the Act. 

For help with your compensation claim, contact Friday & Cox, LLC, our experienced attorneys will help you navigate your way through the claims process and fight for the benefits your deserve.

Sources:  wect.com, "Man Pleads Guilty to Working While Receiving Workmans' Compensation," FOX19 Digital Media Staff

Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, "Workers' Compensation & the Injured Worker"

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