Returning to Work After An Injury:
Your Rights and Benefits
When recovering from an on-the-job injury, you’ll want to focus on healing – not paperwork. It can be very confusing and difficult to navigate all the legalities of your situation while also trying to focus on getting well again. Here’s a helpful guide to make it a little easier.
When you, as an employee, are injured on the job, under the workers’ compensation system in place in most states, you are eligible apply for the following benefits:
- Medical Care: An injured employee has the right to all reasonable necessary treatment as well as compensation for medical bills, prescriptions, and travel to and from the hospital.
- Temporary Disability: If an injured employee has to take time off of work for medical reasons related to the injury, he or she may be entitled to temporary disability payments, which normally amount to about two-thirds of their average weekly gross pay.
- Permanent Disability: If an injured employee will never completely recover from the injury, he or she may be entitled to a monetary award for permanent disability as compensation.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: If it isn’t possible for an injured employee to return to his/her former job, he or she may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation or assistance in getting another job.
If you are able to return to work, there are a few things you should consider.
- Should you go back: After experiencing a work-related injury, you may feel that your previous position was too risky. If that is not the case then, financially, you may find it makes sense to return to your position. Workers’ compensation most likely will not equal your regular pay, and you can’t earn promotions nor raises while on disability. Also, getting back to a schedule and active lifestyle could help in your recovery. If you are concerned about resuming your previous position, you should consider asking your employer for a different position within the company that is more suited to your situation.
- Open Communication: It is important to keep in touch with your employer throughout your recovery, especially if you do intend to return to work. This will help in the transitional period you will no doubt experience when you go back and will give your boss a clearer idea of what sort of duties you’ll be able to perform.
- Notify Workers’ Compensation: If you do intend to return to work, you will need to notify the Workers’ Compensation Board if you are receiving benefits so any necessary adjustments can be made.
- Reasonable Accommodations: Along the same lines as open communication, after your injury you may have temporary or permanent restrictions placed on you by your doctor regarding what sort of duties and activities you can perform. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you are entitled to reasonable accommodations, which can mean something tangible (like a certain type of chair or equipment) or flexibility with your work schedule to accommodate doctor’s appointments. It is important to make sure your doctor knows exactly what will be required of you in the workplace so he/she know exactly what sorts of restrictions to advise, which you should pass on to your employer.
- Wage Loss Benefits: If an employee returns for work after an injury and experiences a wage loss due to the injury, he or she may be entitled to receive wage-loss benefits to help supplement income.
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To learn more about your rights as an injured employee check out the Injured Worker Guidebook.
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