Following an accident that caused a worker to get injured, he or she may be eligible to file a workers compensation claim. The purpose of the claim is to help the injured individual with their medical costs, lost wages and to help them return to work (or provide them with retraining).
In the majority of cases where the injury caused some sort of a disability, the injured individual is unable to return to work immediately. Most doctors will place a work restriction on the injured individual, preventing them from fully returning to work.
They may be able to perform some other work if their employer can provide such work. However, this is not always the case, and these injured individuals are left without work while waiting for their benefits.
Sometimes, the doctor may say that injured individual has reached a suitable level of medical improvement and that they may return to work. But the injured individual may not feel the same, and may not feel ready. This is where problems start to occur.
Obeying The Doctor’s Orders
Regardless of how you feel, if your doctor says that you have to return to work, you have to do it. It may be hard if you are still feeling tired and injured, but your physician would never allow you to return to work without being entirely sure that you can do it. In the majority of cases, you will be kept off work until you have reached your maximum medical improvement (MMI). But, that does not guarantee you that you will not be released before. It all depends on your treating physician’s evaluation. You will be provided with a disability rating, which will determine your ability and the timing of your return to work.
The best thing you can do is speak with Los Angeles workplace injury lawyers and ask for their professional advice and opinion. They may be able to help you prolong your stay off work and help you obtain the highest compensation possible in a timely manner.
Restrictions and Retraining
If you have any working restrictions, but you are ordered to return to work, your employer should be based on the company’s policies, provide you with a fitting work position. If the employer is unable to do so, or if it is against the company’s policies, you should be provided with retraining.
Familiarize yourself with your employer’s return to work policy, and be sure to fully understand your rights and what is asked of you. Your employer should do everything they can to make your transition smooth and problem-free. If you encounter any problems, consult with workplace injury lawyers in Los Angeles, schedule a free consultation and receive legal protection and representation.
Communication is the key to a successful transition. Be sure to notify the workers compensation representatives as soon as you are cleared by your physician to return to work. You do not want to continue receiving the benefits after you have been cleared, as you may end up repaying the insurance company. Consult with attorneys to learn more about work comp benefits and your work restriction and work transition.