In the event of a serious workplace injury, you may have to miss weeks or months of work in order to make a full recovery. Fortunately, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and replacement income to help you stay afloat while you heal.
However, many workers recovering from injury are eager to return to work as soon as possible, whether because they are extremely bored at home or workers’ compensation benefits aren’t enough to support the household. Whatever the case may be, it is imperative to not return to work until your doctor approves.
Here are a few reasons why it’s not a good idea to return to work early after injury:
- Worsen your injury – There is a reason why your doctor determined a specific timeline for your body to heal. Even if you believe you are ahead of schedule because the pain subsided or you regained movement in the injured area, you are still not completely recovered from the accident. If you return to work, it is possible to reinjure yourself.
- Lose your benefits – While it may appear your employer or its insurer are looking out for your best interests, they will try to find any reason to deny your workers’ comp claim. If you return to work early, they could claim that your injuries weren’t as serious as they appeared to be.
- Fear of losing your job – There are some instances where employers demand injured employees return to work early. Many people are afraid of losing their job, which is why they are eager to get back to work despite the doctor’s orders. Fortunately, state and federal rights protect workers from such demands or threats from employers.
Additionally, once you are authorized to return to work, you should do so. Putting off your return could harm your case, possibly resulting in the insurance company accusing you of deceitful practices. If you don’t feel comfortable returning to work just yet, you could always obtain a second opinion or speak with your employer about “light duty.”
For more information about workers’ compensation claims in San Jose, contact the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin today and schedule a free case review.