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It is quite common to wonder when it’s appropriate to return to work after you’ve suffered an injury in a workplace accident.
This is especially true if you are involved in a personal injury lawsuit. As such, we frequently receive questions from individuals asking about how their decision to return to work could impact their ability to secure compensation.
Below are some answers to a few of those questions:
Q: Will I hurt my lawsuit by returning to work?
It’s not likely. On the contrary, you have a duty as a plaintiff to mitigate your damages as much as possible by seeking medical attention quickly and then returning to work as soon as you can. Missing an unreasonable amount of time for your injury or condition could negatively affect your claim, as it could seem like you’re attempting to milk the claim for as much money as you can get.
Returning to work demonstrates good work ethic and helps you portray yourself as responsible and honest.
Q: Does my returning to work mean I have recovered in the eyes of the court?
Returning to work does not mean you have fully recovered from your injury—or that all your symptoms have disappeared. It could mean you are returning out of financial necessity or that you have reached some level of recovery, but still have a long way to go. You might not even return to the same job you were doing before, depending on your physical limitations.
An effective personal injury lawyer ensures the court gets the full, accurate picture of your state at the time you returned to work.
Q: Will working prevent me from making a full recovery?
This is a question only your physician can answer. He or she will have a full understanding of your condition and the progress of your recovery, along with any limitations you’ll have. Generally, you should consult with your doctor before going back to work after you have suffered an injury in a construction accident.
Ultimately, the last thing you want is to rush back to work—against the orders of your doctor—before you have made a full recovery. Going back too soon could lead to you worsening your condition.
Q: When should I go back to work?
Again, your doctor knows best regarding the timing of your return to work. The general standard a physician uses is “hurt versus harm.” If going back to work will cause any harm to you in your recovery or potentially to your work or coworkers, your doctor will tell you to stay home.
However, if going back to work might hurt a bit, but you are capable of safely working through some of the pain, your physician could very well give you the go-ahead to get back to return.
To learn more about getting back to work after a construction accident, speak with a trusted New York personal injury lawyer at Robinson & Yablon, P.C.