Sustaining a workplace injury has the potential to upend your life in a number of ways. While your workers’ compensation benefits should give you the financial support you need during a time of recovery, you might still wish to get back to work as soon as possible.
Before you make the decision to return to your job, consider how doing so might affect your open workers’ compensation case. The timing of when you return to work can have implications on your compensation, so it is best to be fully informed before proceeding.
When Should You Go Back to Work After Filing a Claim?
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission explains that you have the right to prioritize your medical care after a workplace accident and that you should commit to receiving necessary medical treatment until it is reasonably possible to return to work. If your physician clears you to return to work, however, you must do so or risk losing your compensation. Keep in mind that you may choose to return to work before your doctor gives you the go-ahead, but this might also complicate your case.
What Happens to Your Settlement if You Return to Work Early?
Choosing to go back to work before you are fully duties may not reflect well on your case. Your benefits provider might even interpret your early return as an indication that you are not eligible for the full compensation amount. If your employer or its partners attempts to withhold the compensation you deserve, it may be necessary to pursue legal action.
You always have the option to attempt to return to work, even during an open workers’ compensation case. However, it may be in the best interest of your case to focus solely on recovery until cleared by your physician.