Recovering from a work-related injury is a process that may include unanticipated complications. As such, recovering workers’ compensation benefits for the full extent of your injury can sometimes prove challenging.
Ultimately, a workers’ compensation claim must be supported by the injured employee’s medical reports. Although any awarded benefits depend in great part on the initial assessment, things could change depending on an individual’s progress. That’s why it’s important to continue seeing a doctor who can document your progress and any complications or disabilities that arise after the initial assessment.
Continuing medical evaluation
Follow-up appointments help your provider determine whether you need care for additional symptoms that present after the initial injury occurred. Based on these appointments, your doctor may place restrictions on what sort of job duties you can perform if you are allowed to return to work.
With your provider’s approval, you might be able to return to your place of employment in a limited capacity, with specified parameters related to:
- Operating a motor vehicle
Employers cannot legally fire you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Still, they may not keep your position open during your absence – which often increases feelings of pressure to get back to work as soon as possible.
Going back to your job
Along with your progress reports, you and your attorney can work with your employer to develop a return-to-work policy. In most cases, getting employees back on the clock is beneficial to the company.
Employers can mitigate decreased productivity and save costs by not having to train someone to take your place. Meanwhile, you might want to get back in the swing of things for personal reasons.
You should be able to stay safe and healthy at work. When things don’t go according to plan, you need an advocate to help you explore your options.