First and foremost, follow your doctor’s recommendations. It is important that you don’t rush your recovery and that includes going back to your pre-injury job duties too soon. We understand the desire and financial burden to obtain your pre-injury income, but by returning back to work at a full duty activity level you risk the chance of reinjuring yourself or even causing new injuries. This can delay your recovery and keep you from receiving your full salary for even longer than before.
Talk to your doctor about your ability to return to work. Some doctors will place you on a “no work” status for an extended period of time. Many workers’ compensation doctors will return you to work with restrictions. If your employer can accommodate these restrictions, you may go back to work, but it may be doing work that is different than your pre-injury position. If a job is offered and you refuse to return to work, there is a possibility that you may not be entitled to lost wage or indemnity benefits. And there are some doctors who will send you back to work too soon or with too few restrictions. When you are returned to work with restrictions, or returned to work with no restrictions at all, call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today.
If you feel ready to go back to work, take it easy, pace yourself and listen to your body when it tells you to slow down. The best indicator that something is wrong is you. You know your body and you know when it is telling you to stop. If your employer doesn’t listen when you tell them something is wrong, it is time to call one of our dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys. We are ready to help you when your workers’ compensation doctor sends you back to work too soon or when your employer doesn’t listen to you when you tell them you are in pain.
Call (561) 616-3800 or contact us online to speak with one of the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today.