How long you should wait after a personal injury accident before returning to work may vary depending on the extent of your injuries and your unique situation. However, there are several questions you should ask yourself prior to returning to work regardless of circumstances surrounding your accident and injuries.
Returning to work does not mean you have fully recovered or that the symptoms of your injuries have disappeared. In fact, may injured persons are forced to return to work in order to keep up with their medical bills and the costs of their injury.
Still, if you are considering returning to work, it is essential that you do not push yourself to hard. Many people who return to work following an accident put all their energy into their job with the goal of being as productive as they were prior to their accident. Such an approach can exacerbate existing injuries and result in more pain and potentially permanent damage.
Allow yourself ample time to heal and do not attempt to push yourself beyond your capabilities.
You may be under the impression that returning to work signifies to the opposition that your injuries are not as severe as previously thought. However, this is not true.
Plaintiffs who have a personal injury claim must be able to take reasonable steps to minimize their losses, and missing work can do more harm than good. If you are struggling financially due to loss wages, consult with your attorney. They will work with your doctor to determine whether it is safe for you to return to work.
If you wish to recover economic losses for lost wages or loss of earning potential, there will need to be a medical basis for your inability to work. Simply being in an accident does not entitle you to compensation for being off work.
If you doctor has cleared you for work, then it is unlikely that you will recover loss wages. However, if your doctor has advised you to not go to work, listen to their advice! Returning to work before you are physically able to will only worsen your condition.
If you rush back to work before you have made a fully recovery, your symptoms may worsen. If you believe returning to work will hamper your recovery or if you have returned to work only to have your symptoms reappear, consult with your attorney. They will advise you on the best course of action.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, call Thomas J. Henry today. Our experienced accident lawyers are available 24/7, nights and weekends to hear your claim. Accidents can cause great physical and financial harm to an individual and their family. We can help you address medical bills and living costs, letting you focus on healing while we take care of the ongoing legal processes. It is our goal to ensure our clients are taken care of while our injury attorneys fight relentless to obtain the real result you need. Don’t wait — contact Thomas J. Henry today for a free legal consultation.