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Returning to Work After Workers’ Compensation

May 31st, 2019 at 3:26 pm

work-injuryWhen a person is awarded workers’ compensation, it means that their life was altered due to an accident or situation at work. In most cases, an injured person needs to take leave from work unless deemed permanently totally disabled and unable to return to the workforce. Depending on how long you were out of, returning to work may feel awkward, especially if you are still not at your best. Being out of work may make you feel guilty as well, but receiving workers’ compensation is your right.

Workers’ compensation exists to make sure employees are secure after being injured at work. The legally mandated insurance for employers will pay for medical expenses and lost wages of employees found to qualify for the benefits after an accident. All employees are eligible for benefits under workers’ compensation, even if an accident was their fault. However, any injuries must be caused by an element of employment, and be more serious than a first aid kit could handle, in order to qualify for the benefits.

When healing from a work-related injury, your doctor will be who clears you to return to work. It may be ordered that you rest until maximum medical improvement, or you may be cleared to return to work with a modified schedule or tasks. This is when a person is deemed temporarily disabled, or permanently disabled with a partial impairment. When you are cleared for work it is important to notify your employer and workers’ compensation representative.

When returning to work, create a plan with your employer for your integrating back into your job. A person returning to work after a traumatic injury may have work restrictions as ordered by your doctor. Your employer should have a copy of these restrictions. While you may want to jump back into work, not going past these restrictions is crucial to your continuing recovery and health. It is possible your employer may find alternative work to accommodate your injury.

Although you cannot be fired for filing workers’ compensation, if you cannot be incorporated back at your old job, an at-will employee can be let go for any reason. Not accepting a position from your employer may make you lose your workers’ compensation.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Navigating employment after experiencing a workers’ compensation can be difficult alone. If your employer is not willing to accommodate your disability, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney to assist in your life after a traumatic injury. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

 

Source:

http://www.iwcc.il.gov/act.pdf

 

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