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What happens when you return to work after an injury?

Getting an on the job injury was a stressful incident for multiple reasons. While you nursed your body back to health, you probably worried about paying bills and keeping up financially. Thankfully, workers’ compensation was able to help you out. There’s the assumption that with time to rest, you will be able to come back to work feeling good as new. However, that can be quite far from the truth. While a doctor or a quick internet search might be able to give you a general idea of how long you’ll be waiting, there’s no telling for sure.

What’s more, after suffering an injury, one of the worst things to do is put pressure on it. While returning to work might feel like a necessity, there’s the chance that it will hurt more than it helps. Luckily, there is something in place to help.

How to readjust to work

Temporary work restrictions are for those who have suffered an injury on the job and need to ease back into their normal work load. Whether that means not bending all the way down, working fewer hours, etcetera, it all depends on the injury and what that person’s job typically consists of. Since you received workers’ comp, you will have priority on this.

Why are temporary work restrictions helpful?

  • They’ll let you get back to work: The first day you didn’t have to wake up early probably felt nice. But after a bit, cabin fever might start to set in. Plus, you might have befriended coworkers that you miss.
  • They consider your injury: When injury don’t seriously debilitate your movements, you might find that some work comes easier than others. Thus, you’re fit to fill some functions to some capacity. Temporary work restrictions stick you with a lighter load of work.

However, there is a key difference

While these temporary work restrictions may be at your job, there is a good chance that you will end up doing temporary work elsewhere. Anything from working at a computer to answering calls.

Can I refuse?

The issue with not accepting a lighter work load, is that that is the final olive branch that your place of employment may be extending. That is to say, if you don’t accept the lighter load, you may find that your workers’ comp benefits get reduced.

After an injury on the job, getting workers’ comp is a victory in itself. In preparing to return to the workforce, you may work a job that offers a lighter work load. This might mean that it won’t align with your specifications. If you have questions about workers’ compensation and returning to work, consult with a legal professional.