The answer to this question will vary from case to case and largely depends on the severity of your occupational injury or illness. In general, workers’ comp is meant to cover your medical bills and lost wages during your recovery, so returning to work, typically, will mean an end to your benefits. However, if you have to work for a lower wage due to a disabling condition or you’re no longer able to work full time, you may be eligible for loss of working wages. In any situation, it’s important that you do not return to work until you are fully recovered and a medical professional has determined that it is safe for you to begin working again.