Returning to Work After an Injury

When can you return to work after an injury? Should you wait until you are fully healed? Will you be able to return at full capacity? Does returning to work impact your workers' compensation benefits? 

When You are Pressured to Return to Work After an Injury

The intention of the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act is to ensure that injured workers return to work as quickly as possible. Your employer and the insurance company will therefore take action to get you back to work as soon as they feel you are ready. As a result, you may be pushed to return to work before you are fully able to do your job. If you are being pressured to return to work before you are read, you should consult with a knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer in Atlanta. 

The decision to return to work is a medical one. Neither your employer nor the insurance company can make this decision for you. Unfortunately, the doctor you use will be chosen from a list supplied by your employer, and their job is to get you back to work as soon as possible. 

If a doctor consistently keeps individuals out of work, they will likely not receive further referrals from the insurance company. Because your doctor wants to continue to get these referrals, they may clear you to return to work before you are able or in a way that you do not feel is correct.

Reemployment Benefits for Workers Returning to the Job After an Injury

Workers’ comp injuries are classified as “catastrophic” or “non-catastrophic.” Regardless of how your injury is viewed, you will likely be asked at some point to return to work. You might be asked to return to a light-duty job or to return to your former job but with specific limitations. You may be offered reemployment benefits if you cannot return to your previous job. These benefits allow for a worker to be retrained with new knowledge and skills, so that they can once again be employed. 

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney like those at McAleer Law can help determine which, if any, of these situations may be best for you. If you have questions or believe that you are being pressured to return to work too soon after an on-the-job injury, please don't hesitate to contact us at McAleer Law today. Call 404-622-5337, or contact us online.

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