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3 steps to take after a workplace injury causes the inability to work

On Behalf of | Jul 7, 2023 | Workers' Compensation |

Even when you work hard, follow the rules and complete tasks the right way, unexpected events may lead to a workplace injury.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 2.6 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2021. When an injury means the inability to return to work, people often have questions about what to do next.

1. File a workers’ compensation claim

Along with notifying a supervisor of the incident and seeking medical assistance, workers have the right to file a claim. If a person does not start the process quickly, it may mean not receiving compensation to cover medical expenses and lost wages.

2. Stay in contact with the employer

Although a person should not reveal all the details of the situation, staying in contact with the employer regarding medical progress remains a good idea. This not only shows a person’s dedication to getting back to work, but it also helps an employer prepare for a person’s return to work. In many cases, a person will need to perform light duty once back on the job. Communicating with employers allows them to make the necessary accommodations.

3. Wait for the doctor’s approval to return to work

Even if a person seemingly feels better, always follow the doctor’s orders. Going back to work too soon may hinder recovery or lead to re-injury. Depending on the workload, an unhealed injury may lead to performing work differently and sustaining a new injury.

Dealing with a workplace injury comes with many issues, including financial, physical and emotional. If urged to return to soon, consider seeking legal advice.