Employers and employees have different perspectives when it comes to workers’ compensation, so it should come as no surprise to learn that they can disagree about the right time for injured employees to return to work. If your employer is ending your workers compensation by claiming that you are ready to work, you should not panic because there are some simple steps that you can take to protect your personal interests.
Employer Is Ending Workers’ Compensation
Here are some of your options if your employer is ending your workers’ compensation even though you are not ready to go back to work:
Speak with the Doctor
Your first option is to speak with the doctor who claims that you are ready to go back to work even though you are not. This is important because a mistake made because of ignorance can resemble a mistake made because of malice. The doctor may or may not understand the day-to-day demands placed upon your body, meaning that it is up to you to inform him or her if this is the case. Even if the doctor still believes that you are ready to go back to work, he or she may decide that there needs to be physical restrictions to protect your health as much as possible. If so, make sure to have the physical restrictions put to paper so that you can hand it to your employer.
Seek Out a Second Opinion
Naturally, if you are planning to contest your employer’s claim, then you will need to start building your case. If you feel that you are not ready to go back to work even though the doctor says otherwise, your claim will be much more persuasive if you have the opinion of a skilled and reliable practitioner to back it up. In short, seek out an independent doctor for a second opinion about whether you are really ready to go back to work.
Give It a Shot
If you are interested in keeping your relationship with your employer as amicable as possible, then you may want to give working a shot even though you feel that you are not ready. Speak to your employer and tell him or her that you are willing to return to work so long as it is within the constraints of any physical restrictions recommended to you by the doctors whom you have consulted. By choosing this course of action, you show all parties involved in the dispute that you are making a good faith effort to start working again as soon as possible, which is crucial for establishing your credibility in any case that may or may not result. If your attempt to return to work shows that you cannot handle the demands placed upon someone in your position, then it is time to speak with your employer a second time about returning to see the doctors.
If All Else Fails Speak With An Attorney
If you are dissatisfied with the opinions of the doctors whom you have consulted or if your employer refuses to resume workers’ compensation even though you have shown that you cannot handle the demands of your position, then it is time to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer to speak about the legal options available to you. Once you have resolved to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer, make sure that you do so immediately. The sooner that the case is settled, the less disruption that you will have to face.