What Does An Effective Return To Work Policy Look Like Following An On The Job Injury That Resulted In Workers’ Comp?
After being off of work due to your injury, it may be hard to transition back to full-time work again. This is why it is in your best interest that there is a return to work policy in place. This will include:
- Open dialogue with your employer in which you tell your employer once you reach maximum medical improvement (MMI) and are able to return to work.
- Communication about your injuries so that your employer understands your limitations.
- Transition period where you will be allowed to perform light duty work to accommodate for any physical limitation, if still present, before returning to your normal duties.
Because work injuries can take many months to heal and a worker could still be in pain even though he or she has been cleared by a doctor to return to work, a return to work policy can help the transition period if an employer is willing to understand the injuries, physical limitations and provide injured workers with duties that are doable until they can return to their normal full-time duties.
Because some employers don’t want to work with their employees on a return to work plan, some injured workers may be asked to perform work that they are physically not cleared for. For this reason, a South Florida workers’ comp attorney should be contacted.
If you need legal advice following a Florida on the job injury, contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation today.