Imagine ending up in intensive care after an on-the-job injury. Now picture heading back to the same job after you’ve recovered. Depending on the extent of your injuries, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go back to work following a workplace injury.
Keep an Open Line of Communication
Many workplace injuries happen due to negligence or recklessness. In some cases, the employer is negligent. In others, a co-worker may have caused your injury. However, with workers compensation, you do not need to prove negligence to recover compensation.
Workplace injuries may have a lasting effect on your ability to fully do your job. Be sure to communicate your needs with your employer to ensure that your workplace is safe for your return.
- Recognize Your Limitations. Recovery takes time. Be sure that your boss knows of any physical limitations you may have. Your doctor may place restrictions on your work duties. Bring documentation from your doctor that clearly states what you can and cannot do. Your employer should make reasonable accommodations, such as providing a chair if standing is difficult. If your current role at work is too demanding due to your limitations, ask whether you can take on a different role.
- Return as Soon as Possible. While it may seem tempting to stay in bed and rest, this is not always the best solution. If your doctor has approved you returning to work, don’t put it off. Staying home may actually slow down your recovery, both physically and mentally.
- Keep a Paper Trail. Returning to the job after a workplace injury may seem awkward. However, your employer should not discriminate against you. If you feel that your employer is behaving in a belittling or derogatory manner, be sure to document everything and speak with your injury lawyer.
Seeking Compensation for a Workplace Injury
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you should speak with an attorney about seeking compensation. Workplace injuries often occur if an employer fails to adequately train workers or provides unsafe working conditions. It’s your lawyer’s job ensure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Your lawyer may seek out witnesses, documents, video surveillance or inspection reports to establish your case.
Types of Workplace Injury Damages Awarded
Your employer may be required to compensate you for a variety of damages, including:
- All medical bills.
- Pain and suffering.
- Lost wages.
- Ongoing medical care.
Going back to work after a workplace injury may feel both exciting and intimidating. On one hand, you’ll be getting a regular paycheck once again. On the other hand, you may feel like your boss is treating you differently. Regardless, you should ensure that you receive the full compensation to which you are entitled.