Planning on Returning to Work After Your Accident? Here’s What You Need to Do First!
You were helping to complete renovations in a home on Sun Valley Way in Morris Plains when you fell through the ceiling. You weren’t aware of the hole in the floor of the attic, as your employer didn’t tell you and no signs or markers were present to alert you of the hazard. As a result, you landed on the first floor and broke your leg in the fall.
Your injuries left you home and out of work for a few months. Your employer paid you workers’ compensation, but began putting the pressure on you early to return. Now you think you are ready, but you’ll need to make sure you’re protected before you go back.
Protect Yourself Before You Go Back to Work
Returning to work too early and without a solid plan can lead to further injuries. Before you start working again, make sure you create an effective return-to-work policy with the help of your doctor which includes:
- Making sure your employer understands the nature and extent of your injuries and your present physical limitations.
- Open communication between you, your employer, and your treating physician to expedite your return to your former work duties as soon as medically possible.
- A plan to provide reasonable accommodations to help you transition back to work safely and prevent additional pain and injuries.
Before you can think about returning to work, however, you will need to have reached your Maximum Medical Improvement and your doctor will have to complete a Return to Work form. Your workers’ compensation representative will also need to be notified of your intentions to start working again.
We Can Help
If you have questions or concerns about returning to work after an on-the-job accident, or if you’ve been hurt on the job, the attorneys of Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. may be able to help. Contact us today to speak with an experienced lawyer about your situation.