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Going Back After You Got Hurt on the Job

Have you been injured on the job? If so, you are not alone. Thankfully, most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which will allow you to recover lost wages, medical expenses and other out-of-pocket costs. There are, however, some factors that you should consider when it’s time to go back to work after your injury.

Know Your Rights

Getting hurt on the job can be extremely stressful, especially if you are concerned that you might lose your job due to a workplace injury. Legally, an employer is not allowed to fire an employee just because they were injured on the job. However, some employers try to find a loophole to prevent an injured employee from returning to work. It’s vital that you understand your rights and seek out the advice from a workers’ compensation attorney if you have concerns about the security of your position. An attorney can help you understand your rights and represent you if necessary.

Learn Your Lesson

There can be many environmental dangers in the workplace, and you need to know how to be safe around them. Before going back to work, take some time to determine what factors may have contributed to your injury. Think about the steps you can take to avoid this type of injury from occurring again. For example, if you pulled your back lifting heavy boxes, practice bending at the knees when lifting things rather than bending over, and consider wearing a back brace to protect yourself at work. Don’t be afraid to talk to your employer about any safety issues or other concerns you may have. Most importantly, keep your spirits up as you prepare to go back to the workplace.

Understand Your Responsibilities

While your employer must follow various workers’ compensation rules and regulations, you also have some responsibilities while you are off work. Your employer should give you the information for reporting the injury, but it’s your responsibility to keep your employer up to date as to the status of it. For example, if you provided your employer with a return to work date and that date changes, you must notify your employer of that change. You also should remain in constant communication with your employer in regard to any work limitation you may have when you go back to work.

Going back to work after an injury can be difficult, but keeping these three factors in mind can help. Be sure to remain in constant communication with your employer, keep your spirits up and reach out for legal advice from an experienced attorney if necessary. These steps will make the return-to-work process easier for both you and your employer.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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