Can I get workers comp ensation for my second job?

I have 2 jobs; I was injured on 1 of them. I’ve been out of work at my other job for about a month now and haven’t received any money for the second job. Now I’m not a lawyer but I believe that it’s only fare that I receive income for that month I’ve been out at my second job. It’s looking like they don’t want to pay me for my lost. Are they supposed to?

Asked on June 12, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Worker's compensation is not compensation for not working; it  is compensation for being injured on the job. Therefore, if you were not injured on or at job 2, you would not get worker's compensation for job 2--just like if you couldn't work job 2 because you were hurt while snowboarding, playing softball, hunting, etc., you would not get worker's compensation. You only get worker's compensation if hurt on the job, for that job where you were injured.

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