I have been off work for several months due to an injury, but am recovering well. I think I am ready to go back to work, but I have not been cleared to go back yet. What are my options?

As long as your doctor is reasonable (as opposed to an insurance company shill), the best advice we give is to always follow your doctor’s advice.

Having said that, it is not a requirement for you to be completely recovered before you return to work. However, the main issue is not so much you being able to return to work, but what position are you able fill upon your return. This means that you need to speak to your physician and outline what the duties were in your regular job before you sustained an injury.

Inform the doctor of any other jobs in your company that may be open as well. The physician can then figure out what type of work it is safe for you to perform while you are still recovering.

Make it a point to speak with your employer and inform them you wish to return to work, once you have received the okay from your doctor. When your employer knows you are able to return, they can attempt to find something that suits your labor restrictions if that is possible.

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