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All you remember was a loud thud that had you sprawling on the floor. The next thing you know, you were lying in a hospital pain, your arm and foot hanging on a sling for support. Pain medications became the norm. Gradually, you have received help from your physicians, and you’ve marked significant improvement. The pain is no longer a bother; you will have regained your mobility and wonder if it is okay for you to resume work. Thankfully, the guide below will ease your mind with any questions you might have on returning to work after an injury.

Don’t Return Too Early

You may feel your body is healed and can continue working. However, please proceed with caution. Even if you feel you no longer have pain, only return to work when your doctor gives you the green light. The pressure to resume work may come from internally or from your employer as well.

Even if you feel you no longer have pain, only return to work when your doctor gives you the green light.

However, avoid bowing to the pressure at all costs. Your body should demonstrate the ability to handle your pre-injury tasks. Failure to which, you may end up with a new injury or worsening your current one. It can also negatively affect your claim when you return sooner before recovery as it will appear the injury was a minor one, receiving less compensation.

Please do not pressure your physician to allow you back to work when you are not in top shape. Also, do not lie on any signs and symptoms to conceal your medical state. Be open and honest to your physician on all fronts.

Your Compensation

As an employee who sustained an injury while working, you are eligible to receive compensation. The personal injury claim should settle all past, current, and even future medical expenses. It includes consultation, medication, surgery, therapy, and even assistive devices.

Plus, the income for the time lost also comes in. If you suffer a severe injury like temporary incapacitation that may subject you to lesser tasks, a proper claim will suffice.

Engage Your Employer

When returning to work, your employer should put measures in place for you. A return to work plan is such an objective. In the plan, your employer should acknowledge your current disabilities and how they influence your ability to perform pre-injury duties. Plus, your employer should not threaten to fire you because of failure to show up to work before recovery. Such threats go against your employee rights.

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Additionally, the return to work formula should also elaborate on a smooth transition back to work. If you need accommodations and special treatment, the Blumenshine Law Group highlights that your employer should provide a safe avenue for you to perform your duties effectively.

Additionally, remember that even if you have the same type of injury as a coworker following the same accident, your needs may differ. Therefore, there isn’t a straightforward cut single method that will suit both your needs in the best way possible. Kindly never hesitate to voice your issues after going back to work.

Monitor Your Medical Restrictions

Sometimes, your doctor may recommend more specific duties until you deem fit. However, the duties should not embarrass you. Plus, your employer should give duties that uphold consideration on your current physical state. 

Your employer is also held by law to keep your job open until you return. The only time your job position can be designated to another person is when a medical report shows you can no longer perform your pre-injury duties and responsibilities. If your employer demands specific tasks when you are not fit, you can engage your lawyer to act as an in-between.

When returning to work, an agreement between you, your treating physician, employer, lawyer, and even your employee union body representative is ideal. It ensures your rights as an employee are upheld, and every party involved will stick to the agreement.

Perform Your Duties

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When you return to work, ensure you perform your delegated tasks to the best of your ability without overstepping your restrictions. You may experience fatigue after resuming. Therefore, learn to listen to your body.

Additionally, if you feel certain aspects of the job are not adequately addressed, you can talk to your employer to rectify them.

Lastly, even after caring for your physical health, your mental state matters as well too. If you follow the required guidelines, your return to work will be a seamless process. Thanks to more physical activity, you will boost your recovery to good health. Additionally, it will help combat any mental issues you might have that may lead to depression after the injury. Be easy on yourself and trust the process.

With the above aspects in mind, the vital aspects are your health, the law regulations, lastly, the duties to perform.