Your workplace is supposed to be a place that is safe and healthy for you to be able to work. Sometimes, however, accidents happen and you can get injured. If the cause of your injury was not your fault then your employer is responsible.
The problem that many people have is that when they are injured, the moment they return to work can feel complicated.
There are rules that everybody has to go by. Human resources have to get involved and make sure that everything is done by the book.
At the same time, you need to make sure that you’re able to go back to work safely. In this article, we will go over the things you need to take into account when you are trying to get back to work after claiming worker’s compensation.
Stay in touch with employer
During your rehab, it is a good idea to keep your employer in the loop. Give them occasional updates on your progress so they understand what the timeline will actually be.
When you were injured you may have been given a rough idea of when you should be able to get back to work but this can change depending on your recovery.
By keeping your employer up to date, this gives them the opportunity to make plans and keeps your relationship in good standing.
This gives them the notice they need to be able to plan for any accommodations that you will need to be able to work again. They may need time to arrange your office furniture so that you can work comfortably and safely as well as any other changes.
This communication can also work against you in that some employers may try to rush you back before you are really recovered. When you feel pressured to return before you are ready then make sure to talk to an attorney for employees as they can tell you how best to handle it.
Stay on schedule
Even when your employer doesn’t try to rush you back to work, you may be tempted to put pressure on yourself to do so.
There is a feeling that you’re letting your team down by not being there. Or, you are a go-getter that doesn’t do well sitting around doing nothing.
The reality is that you aren’t doing anything. You are recovering and it takes time and rest to be able to come back from an injury. Make sure that you give yourself the time to recover so you can go to work safely.
Setbacks can happen when you rush to work too quickly and this is worse than being out for an extended period of time.
Your doctor will let you know what you are not able to do at work. With these recommendations you can make requests from your employer for accommodations.
You may need to have more frequent breaks, or you are no longer able to lift heavy items. Make a checklist of what you need and pass it along to your employer.