After suffering an injury at work, you may wonder what steps you can take to pick up the pieces and move forward. An important step in your recovery is preparing for your eventual return to work. This may be difficult if you have suffered severe injuries and need a longer period of time to recover. Regardless of the nature of your injuries and other details of your situation, you have the right to seek what you need to get better and move forward.
As an injured worker, you may have grounds to seek benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. This insurance, offered through your employer, provides injured workers with coverage of medical bills, recovery of a portion of lost wages and other types of support after a work-related accident or injury. This may include rehabilitation benefits, which can help you with your return to the workplace.
Preparing to return to work
Every person is different, but what you need to get better and recover to the point where you can return to work depends on the nature of your injuries and other factors. However, through your workers’ compensation claim, you can seek certain types of help that will allow you to return to your workplace and begin earning a full income as you did before the accident. Examples of rehabilitation benefits include:
- Securing reasonable accommodations so you can work with a disability
- Help with preparing your resume if you need to search for new employment
- Assistance with interview skills and evaluation of your skillset if you need to find a new job
- Payment of tuition and education costs if you need to return to school after your recovery
As an injured employee, you do not want to leave any money on the table. It is in your interests to learn about the specific benefits available to you according to the details of your individual case.
Your full and fair recovery after a work accident
After a work accident, your goal is to get better and move forward. An important part of that is securing the benefits you need to recover financially and eventually return to work. If your injuries are severe or you have concerns about how you can work as you did before the accident, it may be helpful for you to seek an understanding of how you can fight for the full and fair recovery you deserve.