Reached mmi, do not want to return to job where injury occurred. New job will conform to my sitting restrictionsrestrictions.
You can't be forced to work somewhere. There are two things that could happen now:
1. If they have given you a return to work offer and you quit, you would not be eligible for Supplemental Job Displacement Benefits (the voucher) because you have a new job,
2. You may be able to settle your case by Compromise and Release, i.e. a lump sum and getting out of Workers' Compensation altogether.
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You do not need to return to your old job. Just be sure you don't further injure yourself or the old insurance company will want to join the new employer.
If you leave your old job for a new one, you can settle your claim for a lump sum. That might be positive. If you leave your old job for a better one, you might be happier. That might be a positive. If your old Employer offers you a position post-MMI, you might lose the Job Displacement Voucher. That might be a minor negative, but they won't give you cash, so it is probably not a big deal.
I exclusively represent Employers, and I do not accept Injured Worker cases.
As indicated in other answers, you cannot be forced to work somewhere you don't want to work. However, the answer is yes, quitting your job will impact you workers' compensation case. I do not know the severity of your injuries, but if you leave your future medical award open and at some point in the future are declared temporarily partially disabled, quitting will preclude you from receiving these benefits. However, if you change employers, the work comp carrier may be inclined to offer you a lump sum to buy our your right to medical treatment. I would caution you to ensure your are being offered a fair amount, remembering that you have an award of medical treatment for life. Finally, depending on the severity of your injury, having access to private healthcare is important before settling your case by way of a lump sum.
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