How Soon Can You Return to Work After an Injury or Procedure?
June 6, 2017
If you’ve had a work-related injury that has you bedridden or unable to work, it can be difficult to know when it’s safe to return to work. You will want to listen to a medical professional, but also listen to your body. If your employer has pushed back at all, or if their insurance company hasn’t covered your medical bills and resulting lost wages, your best bet is to hire an experienced and dependable Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney to help you with your claim. We know this can be trying and cumbersome, especially when you’re dealing with medical issues due to a work-related injury, but the sooner you retain counsel, the better. In addition to your medical care team, you will need a team of representation in case of any legal troubles. That’s where we come in.
What’s more important, however, is your continued health, and your eventual return to work. The Philadelphia government has guidelines for encouraging employees to return to work on a safe and rehabilitative timeline. Workers’ compensation law and the state recognize that missing work is costly to employees and employers, but it’s also true that returning to work too early can be even more costly in the long run. More importantly, it could negatively impact your quality of life. If you will be out of work on disability for more than a year, you might be entitled to extra benefits.
“Return to work” programs
The current state of Philadelphia workers’ compensation encourages the development of “Return to Work” processes, to streamline the process for those returning to work after an injury, and to minimize the cost for all involved. These programs take a proactive approach and are endorsed by many doctors, insurance companies, and other health care providers.
These programs are designed to help get an injured or disabled worker back on their feet and on the job as quickly as possible without jeopardizing their full healing. They outline what a safe work environment looks like, how to best accommodate the recovering worker on the job, compensation, and other considerations. The workers themselves, union representatives, employers, and health care providers all partner together in this collaborative effort to return the injured worker back to their life as it was pre-injury. If your company has a return to work program and you still need to file a workers’ compensation claim, be sure to get representation from an experienced and aggressive Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer.
Larry Pitt & Associates are dedicated to helping you navigate through your injury and decision to return to work. If you need information or an explanation of your rights and legal recourse, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. We have proudly served clients in Bucks, Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties for almost 40 years. If you or your family member was hurt on the job, we will fight on your behalf. To schedule a consultation with a team of Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys who can and will defend your rights, please call 888.PITT.LAW or fill out our contact form.