3 Tips for Going Back to Work After Workers Compensation
Workers compensation provides a crucial lifeline for those who are unable to work because of an accident or job-related illness. While the wage replacement and medical benefits allow you to support yourself and your family, most injured workers just want to recover as quickly as possible so they can return to the workforce. If your doctors think you’re ready, the following tips will help protect your health and your employee’s rights.
3 Tips for Returning to Work After a Workers Compensation Claim
1. Listen to Your Doctors
Even if you feel capable of working and are growing impatient, always follow the advice of your health care providers. Returning to work before you’re ready could trigger complications and setbacks that could leave you permanently unable to work. If your doctors ordered medication or physical therapy, continue treatments even after you start working.
2. Start on Light Duty
If your previous job was physically strenuous, your employer should start you on light duty until you’re sufficiently recovered to resume your old position. The employer should follow the instructions of your authorized treating physician, so be sure to discuss your physical capabilities with your doctor. If the physician orders light duty, the employer will have to honor those restrictions when you return to work. If your employer doesn’t have light duty positions, Alabama and many other states allow you to continue collecting workers compensation until you reach maximum medical improvement.
3. Talk to Your Attorney
While returning to the workforce will impact your workers compensation benefits, it doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll end. Your attorney can explain how working will impact your case and how to protect your interests if your condition worsens again in the future.
As lawyers who care, the legal team at Carey & Hamner, P.C. has helped countless injured employees throughout Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL, navigate the complexities of the workers compensation system. We work tirelessly to ensure you get all the benefits you’re entitled to and will guide you through the process, from filing the first claim until you’re ready to go back to work. Visit our website or follow us on Facebook for more on their workers compensation services, and call (855) 435-4797 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.