You never want to sustain an injury or illness on the job. Unfortunately, the worst happens sometimes, and you must apply for workers’ compensation.
If you received workers’ compensation, you might wonder how to proceed with your job. This article explains a few steps to resume your everyday life as quickly as possible.
Consult with everyone involved
Returning to work can help your recovery, both mentally and physically. However, you do not want to return to work too soon. Otherwise, you risk aggravating your injury further. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, you should consult with multiple people before deciding to return. You should consult with your primary doctor, claims administrator, attorney and employer. If you lose contact with anyone throughout the process, you risk delaying your return to work and financial stability.
The topics you should discuss with everyone involved include the status of your health, your previous responsibilities and whether they need adjustment after the injury. Employers do not want to lose their employees, so they will usually work with you to ensure your working environment is up to par.
Settle disputes with a qualified medical evaluator
If there are any disputes, you may require a qualified medical evaluator to treat you. They will help determine if you receive the proper benefits according to your injury. If you have an attorney, they must work with the evaluator to help you receive the treatment you need.
Injuries at work can jeopardize your physical, emotional and financial health. Work with everyone who has a hand in the process and keep communication constant. If you have any concerns, consult with an attorney about your rights as a worker in California.