Getting hurt at work will definitely throw a proverbial wrench into your normal routine. These injuries are often severe, and may even be life changing. While your employer and their attorneys may make pressure you to get back to work quickly, this is not the most important thing to be focused on. While getting back to your job is something that is important and should be worked towards, the most important thing is for you to be healthy and try to get back to your pre-injury self again.
The biggest thing that you need to focus on after you have been hurt at work is taking care of yourself. This means that despite what anyone at work says or implies, you need to follow your doctor’s orders no matter what your employer wants. Dot every I and cross every T before you do anything at your workplace. Make sure that your boss knows about any and all work restrictions that have placed on you and get confirmation that they will be taken care of. If your doctor ordered accommodations are not met, keep a list of things that violate these orders for your attorney to call attention to. If you push yourself to go back to your job as your employer demands against your doctor’s suggestions, it may harm your case for workers compensation down the road. More importantly than that, however, is that it may cause you lasting or even permanent damage to the spot that was injured.
Regardless of whether or not you feel up to doing something after a certain period of time, be sure to get your doctor’s approval before attempting anything for the first time since the accident. Sometimes it is difficult for us to tell on our own how much we have improved. Your doctor will know what is best for you in regards to getting you back to 100%. Make sure that your employer knows that you are not allowed to do anything that has not already been cleared with your doctor. Again, you could injure yourself further or harm your chances of collecting full compensation, and that is the last thing any of us want.
Although it is often infuriating, patience is important when trying to heal. Always take things at an easy pace and don’t push yourself too hard, no matter how much you may want to. Call Collier today and let us know how we can help you with your workers compensation claim!