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.
Other Work Injury FAQs
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- Are partial days lost counted in the total number of days lost from work due to an injury for which injured persons may be compensated?
- Can my employer fire me if I have been hurt while on-the-job?
- Do all work injuries on the job have to be reported? I injured myself at work and never formally reported the injury, but my supervisor knows about it.
- Do rates of compensation vary? How are they figured out?
- Does OSHA work with all workers?
- I am going to have to file a dispute with regard to my Workers’ Compensation claim. What is involved in that process?
- I am supposed to see a designated doctor for an examination. Do I have to go?
- I am worried about any of my private information getting out or being shared around to other agencies. Is the material in my claim file confidential?
- I fell at work because of a poorly constructed scaffold. My co-workers said I need to speak to an attorney. Do I need a lawyer?
- I fell from scaffolding while I was on a jobsite? Is my employer liable?
- 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?
- I have some serious concerns about the safety in my workplace. Can I report this somewhere?
- I was hurt on-the-job and want to know what kind of work-related injures are covered if I am able to file a personal injury lawsuit?
- I was hurt on-the-job. Should I file a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim?
- I was told that if I take time off to go to the doctor or physiotherapist or to attend another therapeutic session for recovery, it counts as lost time. Is that correct?
- I work for a large Texas construction company and there are several workplace issues that should be reported. Is that something I can do?
- If I am eligible to seek compensation from the court in the form of a lawsuit, what compensation may I receive for my injuries?
- If I am injured on the job, who pays for prescriptions?
- If I do get workers’ compensation benefits, are they taxed?
- If I have been injured while at work, am I allowed to see my own doctor?
- In terms of compensation for an injury on-the-job, which is the best route to pursue, a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim?
- In Texas, when is a workplace injury not covered by a workers’ compensation policy?
- Is the Texas company that I work for required to carry workers’ compensation?
- Is there a defined period of time in which I must report a workplace injury to my employer?
- My colleague was injured at work. Is he required to report the accident?
- My doctor told me I have developed seriously inflamed lungs leading to a pre-cancerous condition as a result of working with hazardous chemicals on my jobsite. Can I file a personal injury lawsuit against my employer?
- My employer and I do not see eye-to-eye on my workers’ compensation benefits. What are my options to move forward?
- My employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance. What does that mean for me?
- My husband fell from the scaffolding at this workplace and sustained serious head injuries that subsequently killed him. Does workers’ compensation apply to me?
- My insurance provider denied my claim. What do I do now?
- Should I be concerned about safety at work?
- What are employers responsible for if OSHA can impact them?
- What are some of the common causes of accidents on a construction site?
- What are the most cited standards in the workplace?
- What do common injury costs include?
- What is counted in figuring out whether or not a worker has lost more than one day of work due to an on-the-job injury? Is the date of injury counted?
- What is OSHA, and how does it affect job safety?
- What rights do I have as a worker?