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Returning to Work After an Accident

Columbus Injured at Work Attorney Helping You Get Back to Work

If you’ve been injured at work or suffered a work-related illness, then you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Obtaining your workers’ compensation benefits is good news, but not truly the end of the process. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may, at some point, be able to return to work. Although you may be excited to return to work there are a number of concerns that tend to materialize.

Workers who have been receiving workers’ compensation benefits may worry about how their return to work will affect their workers’ compensation benefits or how their job duties will be affected during their continued recovery. These are common concerns for those returning to your job after a work-related injury. Many employers may try to rush workers’ reintegration process and pressure them into duties beyond what is considered safe based upon their health issues.

If you are faced with the prospect of being required to perform duties that are beyond your current abilities, let a Columbus injured at work attorney at Malek Law Firm help.

Tips for Returning to Work After a Workplace Accident

Follow up with Doctor’s Appointments. 

After you meet with your doctor or another healthcare professional, you’ll almost always be given directions for a treatment plan, which will likely include follow-up appointments with various doctors, nurses, and therapy professionals. It’s important to follow your treatment plan to the letter. Failure to do so may not only lead to further injury, but may also jeopardize your continuing workers’ compensation benefits. 

Document Evidence of All the Symptoms and Complications You Experience. 

From the very beginning of your post-injury, document, even informally, carefully document everything you’re going through both physically and mentally. Reporting that information to your doctor may help in determining the scope of your injuries. This will also help your doctor decide when it’s best to return to work. If you begin to experience complications, bring those up as soon as possible.

Prepare Your Doctor’s Note to Return to Work. 

The doctor’s note you receive will provide you with proof of your injuries and help you and your employer decide what you are physically able to do. Your doctor’s note should be detailed, including documentation of your injuries and suffering.

Avoid Going Back to Work Too Soon. 

The right time to go back to work after an accident is different for everybody, but it’s important to avoid going back too soon. Although you may be worried about your job and/or your financial burdens, it’s more important to focus on your recovery. If you go back to work before you’re able to or against the advice of your doctor or Columbus injured at work attorney, you may exacerbate your injury and/or jeopardize your continuing workers’ compensation benefits.

Know What to Do If You Re-Injure Yourself or Discover You Can’t Go Back to Work. 

No matter how carefully you follow your treatment plan, there’s always a chance you may re-injure yourself or experience a recurrence of your previous condition. If this happens, you should inform your employer and go back to see your doctor for further evaluation as soon as possible. You may be able to work in a different role until your condition has improved.

Contact a Columbus Injured at Work Attorney at Malek Law Firm

Returning to work is an important decision and should be taken seriously. Your best bet is to contact a Columbus injured at work attorney at Malek Law Firm for guidance and advice. All initial consultations are free of charge. Call us toll-free at 888-444-7440 or contact us online to get started with your workers’ compensation claim.