Return to Work Issues
Employers and their Workers’ Compensation insurance companies choose the doctors that the employees can see after an on-the-job injury. They select doctors who will save money for the employer and the insurance company. These are doctors who will quickly certify a worker as ready to return to work, even when they are unable to do so. Once a doctor has certified a return to work status, the insurance company just what they need to stop paying your income and medical benefits.
Legal Help for Injured Workers
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One of the most common Workers’ Compensation problems involves injured workers who are sent back to work before they are physically able to do their jobs. In many instances, the doctor will certify that the employee is able to go back to light duty work. This may involve working reduced hours or performing a job that is not physically taxing. There are many times when a worker will return to work, only to find that his Employer is not following the doctor’s guidelines and restrictions. This causes an immediate issue for the worker and for their Workers’ Compensation claim. How can you be expected to know what to do or say at a time like this? This is a time when it is much easier to know what to do when you have a lawyer on your side to advise you.
Many times, after a day or two doing light duty work, the employer may send the injured worker back to his or her old job. Returning to work too soon or being assigned tasks that you are physically unable to perform can result in re-injury or a completely new injury. It can set your rehabilitation back weeks or months and, in some cases, cause permanent injury.
We understand the dilemma that returning to work can cause an injured worker. You feel caught between saving your job and saving your health. On one hand, you do not want to lose your job. On the other hand, you do not want to reinjure yourself or lose all of the precious time that you spent getting better from your injury. You might feel that you cannot get by on the income benefits that have been paid and that your only choice is to stay on the job in order to return to your former salary, even if it feels physically impossible.
Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers
Return-to-work issues can jeopardize your life both physically and financially. We urge you to have experienced legal representation. It is very important to discuss your legal options with an attorney who understands Workers’ Comp law and who knows how to make the system work for best for you. At J. Franklin Burns, P.C., we will protect your rights. You do not have to face handling your Workers’ Compensation claim on your own.
If you are experiencing problems returning to work after a workplace injury, please contact an attorney at J. Franklin Burns, P.C. today for a free consultation and case assessment. You can call us at (404) 303-7770 or feel free to email us with your questions and concerns. From offices in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, our workers’ compensation attorneys represent clients with return-to-work issues statewide. If you are unable to visit us in our office, we are happy to travel to meet you in your home or a place that is convenient to you.