If your workers' compensation case has been denied and the case has to go before a Judge, it can take a while for a Judge's Decision and Order. What options do you have during the waiting process? If you are able to return to work modified/light duty, you can try to return to work with your employer. If your employer cannot accommodate the modified/light duty restrictions, then you have the option of filing for unemployment compensation benefits. Unemployment Compensation Benefits will count as a credit against your workers' compensation benefits. Some people also apply for Welfare Benefits to help ease the financial burden while waiting for compensation benefits. If you do apply for Welfare Benefits, a lien will be asserted against your workers' compensation case.