First, you should NOT accept what the adjuster is saying. You and your doctor have to come to that determination whether you can work or not. A claim must be filed in court to make sure you get your full benefits. I would not file for unemployment at this time without considering the consequences to your workers' compensation payments. You could lose your comp benefits entirely! Please contact me at 781-829-9100. I am a Massachusetts lawyer who can help.
No. Things get dicey in Mass workers' compensation if a settlement is coupled with an agreement to tender a resignation. Your question is touching on this issue, i.e the coupling of the discussion of resignation with settlement. They are separate entities entirely and stiff penalties are imposed if there is an attempt to persuade a claimant to resign from a job in exchange for a settlement. Severance is severance related to the policies of the employer, WC is state regulated and unrelated.
Workers' Compensation is a fickle system. Sometimes it works smoothly and quickly, other times, it does not. It may not be the lawyer's fault if the insurer is dragging its feet. Assuming the lawyer practices regularly in this area, he should be giving you professional guidance. If you have still have doubts and questions, you can certainly call me or visit my website at elclaw.com.
If you settled your cae WITH liability, your attorney who handled the settlement, or any WC attorney can file a claim for continued treatment. If you settled WITHOUT liability, your cannot file for continued benefits.
That is a horrible story. However, Social Security has strict rules as applied to individuals who have outstanding warrants or serving jail time. Unless the warrant is cleared up in the relevant state, you are going to face continued problems with Social Security benefits.
Wokers' compensation is subject to an offset (reduction) when unemployment is involved. I am not entirely clear on what you mean that unemployment wants to settle with you. I have an office in Somerville and am happy to answer your questions. Thanks. Bruce Lipsey 781-829-9100. elclaw.com
You should prioritize your health. You have to figure if your boss is acting this way, that you are not long for the job anyway. Be proactive. Go to the doctor and make sure you're ok. If not, assert your rights, and hire a lawyer to bring a claim. Call with any questions. 781-829-9100. I am local to you and can help. elclaw.com