After a workplace injury, your sole focus is on recovering so you can once again return to work. You’ve powered through the doctor’s visits, physical therapy, and endless workers’ compensation paperwork and red tape. You are chomping at the bit to get back to work, but you do not want to risk another injury.
One of the most common challenges workers face after a workers’ compensation case is returning to work on limitations. Usually, there will be a point in your recovery where you may be able to return to work, but you might not be capable of performing your original job at 100% yet. This will usually result in your physician giving you the “go ahead” to return to work on light duty, or under certain limitations.
Whether you are returning to work at 100% or have been given limitations, there are a few very important things you need to do before returning to work that can help you prevent further injury and protect your rights.
Top 3 Things to Do Before Returning to Work After an On-the-Job Injury
While you are eager to return to the workforce after being laid up for a while, there are a few important things you must do to make sure you are protected—both physically and legally—upon your return:
- Ensure that your employer is aware of your current physical limitations, as well as a reasonable timeline for recovery. Make a plan for now and a plan for when you are fully healed. Make sure that you are both on the same page when it comes to your abilities and limits.
- Open a line of communication between your treating physician and your employer to ensure that everyone is onboard with your plan to return to work.
- Work closely with your workers’ compensation claim representative to ensure that you are able to receive any continued benefits you may be entitled to if you are returning to work on light duty or in a limited capacity.
Regardless of your current condition, your rights as an injured worker must be protected—even after you have begun healing. If you feel as though your employer is treating you unfairly after your workplace injury, we can help protect your rights—simply call our Augusta workers’ compensation law firm today, or click on the live chat link to speak with a representative now.