Work and Recovery
It is a pretty undeniable fact that life is filled with unexpected events. Some of these are truly wonderful moments like your boyfriend suddenly asking you to marry him or discovering you won a $100 on a scratch ticket. Some moments, however, are less than desirable. Sometimes that unexpected moment is a car accident that leaves you injured and fighting with an insurance company. We don’t get to pick our unexpected moments sadly, and we can only handle things the best we are able. A big part of this is communication, not just in handling the car accident but also in the recovery. We have to be open and honest with people that our recovery might affect and those who might affect our recovery.
For one, it is important to stay in touch with your doctor or anyone overseeing your medical recovery. If you don’t feel you are recovering at the right pace or have long-lasting pain that should have gone by now, contact them. Don’t sit and see what happens as it could be signs of another issue. It is also important that you communicate and cooperate with your doctor so you can get back to work faster and be more physically ready to get back into the swing of things. It is also important to go to every appointment, even if it is just a checkup. Missing appointments for check-ups, physical therapy sessions, prescriptions, etc.
It’s also important to communicate with your employer. Let them know any relevant information such as when the doctor will allow you to return to work. Do not return to work before a doctor clears you to return. It could cause more injuries for you and cause problems for the company. If you are injured on the work site because you went back to work without a doctor approving you, it could put you at risk of losing your worker’s comp claim. You also need to let them know any limitations you might have. If you injure your arm or leg, it is going to take time to get it back to normal. Even after physical therapy, it might not be back to 100% when you return to work. Inform your employer so they can make possible accommodations for you. They might allow you to take more breaks or lighten your responsibilities for a little while until you are fully back up to speed. If you have to take certain medications or use certain equipment such as a back brace when at work, let them know. They can make sure you have time to take the medication or let them understand why you need the extra equipment.
If you don’t communicate with them it could make things harder for both of you. So don’t be shy and don’t let pride get in the way. Have an open communication channel with those around you. They will understand and most likely work to accommodate you. To make things even easier, let Rue & Ziffra guide you through the legal aspects of the injury while you handle the personal. We have over 40 years of experience in the legal field and can help make sure you get the compensation you require. Contact us today at (386) 788-7700.