Returning to work after a workplace injury can be a daunting task. Not only are you dealing with physical and emotional trauma, but you also have to navigate the complex world of workers' compensation. Plus you may be worried about repercussions for filing a workers' compensation claim.
In this blog post, we'll discuss your rights and options for returning to work after a workplace injury and provide useful tips to help make the process smoother.
Understanding Your Rights
The first step in returning to work after a workplace injury is understanding your rights. Under workers' compensation laws, you have the right to return to work once you have recovered from your injury. Your employer cannot discriminate against you for filing a workers' compensation claim, and they must make reasonable accommodations to help you return to work.
To ensure a smooth return to work, it's important to request accommodations from your employer. Accommodations can include things like modified work hours, a modified work schedule, or even a different job that can accommodate your injury. It's important to communicate with your employer about your needs and work together to find a solution that works for both parties.
Preparing for Your Return
Preparing for your return to work is essential to ensure a successful transition. Before returning, talk to your doctor about any restrictions or limitations you may have and communicate this information with your employer. If necessary, arrange for a meeting with your supervisor to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Returning to Work Gradually
Returning to work gradually can help you ease back into your job and prevent the risk of re-injury. This can include starting with reduced hours, modified tasks, or even a different job within the company. It's important to work with your employer to create a gradual return plan that works for both parties.
Returning to work after a workplace injury can be a challenging process, but understanding your rights and options can make it easier. If you need assistance with your workers' compensation claim, our team at Schotter Millican, LLP is here to help.
Contact us today to learn more about our services.