Steps To Planning On Coming Back To Work After A Work Injury

Getting hurt on the job will mean taking some time off of work.Typically, workers compensation will cover your medical costs and the time that you must take off of work. When it is time to return to work, making sure that you do not exacerbate your injury and making sure the workplace remains injury free is necessary. If you work in a place that requires you to stand and walk around, but you will need to take it easy after your injury, here are some ways to go about proposing the changes:

Make it clear that you want to return

Some employers may be concerned that after a workers compensation claim, that you may not be returning to the workplace. Assuring your employer that you have every intention of returning after your injury has healed. This will assure your employer that you are interested in a fair worker's compensation settlement and that your main goal is to continue with your career. While you are out on worker's comp leave, update your employer as necessary to your progress and the timeline that you will be able to return to work. 

Have your work injury lawyer negotiate a 'return to work'

After being hurt in the workplace, you will need a work injury lawyer to assess your side of the case and determine what your compensation should look like. Your personal lawyer will also present your worker's compensation claim to your business. The compensation claim will cover your income and the money that you need for your injury-related health care costs. Have your attorney also negotiate your return to work so that you can return when you are feeling up to the job. 

Discuss changes to the workplace

A job that requires you to stand, such as a counter job, it may not be possible if you have a leg or foot injury. Negotiate the terms of returning to work with your employer if you would prefer to return to the workplace sooner, rather than later. If you have a standing job but have a leg injury, you should ask for a chair to be placed where you would ordinarily stand. This will allow you to rest the injured limb while still being able to perform your job safely. Making changes for your comfort can ensure that there are no further accidents and that you can return to your full salary and position. 

Contact a lawyer like Gerald Lutkenhaus for more information and assistance.