Understanding your rights and available choices is vital when resuming work after a workplace injury. Rushing your recovery process can lead to potential re-injury. In this blog post, we will explore essential considerations when returning to work following a workplace injury.
Keep Your Employer Updated: It’s essential to maintain open communication with your employer throughout the recovery process. This includes sharing information about your progress, attending medical appointments, and providing updates on your condition. Keeping your employer informed allows them to make necessary accommodations when you do return to work.
Do Not Return Until Your Doctor Clears You: Returning to work prematurely, before your doctor has declared you fit to do so, can pose serious risks. It may lead to a re-injury or prolonged recovery. Always follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations and wait for their clearance to ensure a safe and successful return to work.
Ask for Accommodations: If your workplace injury has resulted in permanent or long-term limitations, it’s essential to request reasonable accommodations. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide accommodations to employees with disabilities, including those arising from workplace injuries. Discuss potential accommodations with your employer to help you perform your job effectively.
Return-to-Work Programs: Many employers have established return-to-work (RTW) or stay-at-work (SAW) programs to support injured employees during their transition back to the workplace. These programs are designed to facilitate a smooth and safe return. Contact your Human Resources department to learn more about the specific RTW or SAW policies and programs available at your workplace.
If you’ve experienced a workplace injury and are concerned about your rights during the return-to-work process, it’s crucial to seek legal guidance and support. Losi & Gangi is here to help. We are committed to ensuring that you receive the compensation and accommodations you are entitled to.
For a free consultation and to learn more about your rights, please contact Losi & Gangi at 716-854-01446. Our experienced team is ready to assist you in navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation and advocating for your best interests. Your well-being and legal rights matter to us, and we’re here to guide you through the process.