If you have been injured on the job and claimed workers’ compensation benefits, your doctor may give you “work restrictions” to follow once you have recovered enough to return to your job.
These work restrictions will spell out what you can and cannot do on the job due to your injury.
Your employer will decide if they can accommodate the physician’s work restrictions. If they can’t, you will receive a monthly benefit check that is intended to represent what you would have earned if you were able to work.
If your employer can accommodate the restrictions determined by the doctor, it’s important to do the work to the best of your ability. It might not be easy to go back to work and follow the work restrictions.
It is very important to try and go back to work.
Working might be painful. You might even feel that the pain is too great to go to work and think you should stay home. But it is very important to at least try and go back to work, even if it is very painful.
Simply not showing up for work is a recipe for disaster.
If you don’t return to work, you won’t get the weekly benefit check and you may also lose your job in the process.
If the pain really is too much to bear, make an appointment to see your doctor as soon as possible. Tell the doctor what specific work tasks make the pain debilitating. Your doctor may be able to help you manage the pain or adjust tasks to make them less stressful on your body.
It’s also important to have a good line of communication open with your employer. Let your employer know you are in pain and what types of tasks cause the pain level to increase. Tell the employer about any medical appointments and their outcome, if any.
Hopefully you, your doctor, and your employer can work out a plan so you can safely return to work while minimizing the pain.
Every workers’ compensation case is different. A qualified attorney can help you through the entire process and help determine the best course of action for you.