While workers’ comp can ensure your medical bills are paid, and you don’t go in the red as you miss work during your recovery, your employer would want you to return when you are physically able to. The compensation will not be a substitute for your total time wages. You may sometimes need to return to work while on compensation. However, suppose your employer refuses to accommodate you at work by reducing your workload as you heal from your injuries. In that case, you can sue for damages with help from Lake County workers’ comp lawyers.
No one wants to get just two-thirds of their paycheck forever. While some injuries may prevent you from returning to work, if you aren’t recommended bed rest, your employer may ask you to return in a limited capacity. But it would be best to take precautions so you don’t aggravate your health or condition. The good news is that Illinois workers’ compensation laws provide options for these scenarios so injured workers can return to work without losing their benefits. Here are some ways you can come back to work on a trial basis:
Ask your doctor to write and sign a release form for your employer that says you can return to work for a trial period (like for a month, for example). Make sure it states clearly that your return is for a brief period to see if you can work during your workers’ comp case. It should also mention that your doctor will re-examine you at the end of the trial period to determine if you are well enough to extend those days while your claim remains open.
If your job may worsen your injuries, ask your employer to assign you lighter duties until you recover fully. Most employers allow this but pay a reduced wage. If that is the case, you may be able to make up the difference with temporary partial disability benefits. This is a wage loss benefit awarded to employees who return to work but earn less than pre-injury wages due to lighter duties. However, this doesn’t mean you should stop getting medical treatments while working. If you do, the insurance company may stop the benefits assuming you are fully healed. Consult your physician and experienced Lake County workers’ comp lawyers before you return to work full-time after recovering from a workplace injury.
If your employer is forcing you to return to work while you are recuperating at home or denied workers’ comp, contact The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens to discuss legal options. Our Illinois workers’ comp attorneys in Antioch have been fighting for the rights of Illinois workers for decades and can ensure you get the maximum compensation you deserve. This includes lost wages from wrongful termination as well as additional damages. We can also help you get justice if your boss refuses to reinstate you after you recover from workplace injuries or refuses to reduce your workload, forcing you to leave. No one should work under that much pressure if they are injured! Book a confidential consultation by dialing 847-395-2200.