Heading Back To Work After An Injury: What To Know

Returning to work after a job-related injury is a pivotal moment. You might feel anxious about the transition and unsure about what the right steps are. Additionally, you may have valid concerns about your workers’ compensation benefits. The last thing you want is to rush back and risk further harm or cut short the financial support you need.

At Parisi & Gerlanc, Attorneys At Law, we understand these concerns because we’ve been addressing them since 1936. Our workers’ compensation lawyers have stood by injured employees from every industry in New Jersey, offering the caring and compassionate support they need to make informed decisions on this next step in their journey. We can help you navigate the many decisions you may be facing as you consider returning to work.

Medical Clearance: A Must Before Returning

Before you think about resuming work, you will need to talk with your doctor and get medical clearance to do so. Otherwise, you risk reinjuring yourself or worsening your condition. We can help you secure the appropriate medical documentation for purposes of workers’ comp.

Exploring Your Options For A Successful Return

You don’t necessarily have to jump back into your previous working conditions, particularly if you’re still suffering from the effects of your injury. You may have options like light duty or partial disability benefits.

The workers’ comp system also offers support for re-employment, such as job retraining and occupational assistance. These valuable opportunities can help you get back to work in a role that suits your abilities post-injury.

Challenges You May Face

Unfortunately, not everyone’s transition back to work goes smoothly. If your employer is pressuring you into returning early, it’s important to seek legal guidance. Our lawyers can stand up for your rights and shield you from your employer’s pressure tactics.

Additionally, it’s illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for claiming workers’ comp benefits. If you’re experiencing retaliation of any kind, please reach out to us for help.

Get Tailored And Compassionate Guidance On Your Return-To-Work Journey

As you explore your options post-injury, keep in mind that you don’t have to take this big step alone. We can support you in getting back to work with confidence and security.

You can talk to one of our lawyers during a free initial consultation. Call 551-587-8915 to get started. We have convenient offices in Hackensack and Ramsey.