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Can I be forced to return to work too soon after an injury?

On Behalf of | Sep 6, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

When you suffer an injury, it can be very stressful. Depending on the severity of the injury, the coming months will be filled with frequent visits to the doctor, rehabilitation and a lot of rest. Recovery takes time, and workers’ compensation laws are in place to protect you when you are injured at work.

One of the biggest concerns that you will face is wondering if your job is secure enough to allow you enough time off to heal. Will you lose your job if you are out for a longer time than you originally anticipated? You may feel pressured to return to work before you are fully healed simply because your boss is impatient and pressuring you to return.

Follow your doctor’s advice

Your doctor is on the job from the moment that you file a workers’ comp claim. They are the person who determines when you are ready to resume working. Once your doctor gives you a clean bill of health, you can return to work.

Things to keep in mind

While it is illegal for your boss to fire you because of a workplace injury, they can find another person to fill the position while you are out. They may decide that holding your job open for you while you convalesce will create a hardship for the company.

When you are ready to return to work, have a chat with your employer. Make sure that they understand any restrictions you have been given. You do not want to do too much too soon and risk injuring yourself all over again.

If you feel that you are being pressured to return to work before you are physically ready, discuss the matter with someone who understands workers’ compensation law.