If you have suffered a long-term injury at work, here are three tips for dealing with the long-term injury as you work with your worker's compensation attorney.
#1 Take The Proper Time To Heal
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you take the proper time to heal from your injuries. If you doctor tells you that you need to rest for three weeks, then make sure that you rest for three weeks. If your doctor tells you that you can't lift anything that is over ten pounds, don't lift up anything that is heavy at all. Be sure to follow all of your doctor's orders in regards to your physical activity and take all of the time that they suggest you take to heal.
Don't try to rush back to work. Your job is protected through workers compensation and rushing back to work may actually damage your worker's compensation case because it will show that you didn't take proper care of yourself.
#2 Stick To Your Work Limitations
If you are allowed to return to work on a limited basis, be sure that you follow the doctor's regulations. Let your supervisor know what type of work that your doctor has approved you for and what type of work you cannot do. Make sure that the human resource teams knows how much you can work as well and what your limitations and regulations are.
When you are at work, stick to what your doctor tells you to do. If your supervisor suggests a task that you are not supposed to perform, gently let them know that you cannot do that type of activity. This is not a situation that supervisors deal with on a regular basis, and your supervisor may need some gentle reminders of your condition and may even need some suggestions on what work is appropriate for you to do.
Keep seeing your doctor, and keep your work schedule and tasks in line with what the doctor ordered.
#3 Keep Track Of Everything
Finally, when dealing with a long-term work related injury, make sure that you keep track of everything. Try to keep a daily journal where you write down what medication you took, what physical therapy activities you participated in, any doctor visits that you made, the type of work that you did and how you felt.
These personal records can help prove that you took proper care of yourself, and can help you document what you need covered through your workers compensation and can help strengthen your overall case and help you keep track of everything when dealing with a long-term injury.
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