Even an otherwise mild workplace injury may feel devastating. You and your employer may both want you back on the job as soon as possible. You, because being active and earning money is important and can expedite your recovery. Meanwhile, your employer is likely eager to see the return of a productive and much-needed employee. However, rushing back to work may not be so simple nor is it necessarily the best thing for your health and future well-being.
At Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez, our work injury attorneys in Las Vegas care about your recovery and want you to feel comfortable physically, emotionally, and financially. Consider your options and rights when returning to work following a workplace injury:
Returning to Work Following a Worksite Injury
- Listen to your doctor. Your physician is your number one consultant when it comes to determining whether or not you’re ready to go back to work. Always make sure you’re cleared to head back to work or to get a new job by your doctor first. Working before your body is completely ready can slow your recovery or even cause additional or prolonged injuries.
- Don’t allow your employer to pressure you. Employers are often worried about the bottom line and as such may try to pressure you to come back to work before you’re ready. This may take the form of mild but continual suggestions that you’re ready or it may be more threatening, with your employer saying you may be fired or replaced if you can’t come back within a certain timetable. If you are ever faced with such threats or are told not to file a workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to contact workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as possible to stand up for your rights.
- Understand you may not have your old job back. While work injury attorneys will assist you throughout the workers’ compensation claim and help you secure all of the resources you need to recover from your accident, it’s important to note you may not be able to go back to your same job or position. Nevada is an at-will state so while it’s illegal for any employer to take retaliatory steps against any employee for making a workers’ compensation claim, employers can dismiss you for other reasons. If, for example, your job is essential to the employer and cannot go unfilled during your healing process or if your injury has made it now impossible for you to fulfill previous work tasks, then your employer may have grounds for termination or reassignment so long as it does not violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Contact the Work Injury Attorneys of GGRM
To learn more about ADA, workers’ compensation claims, or about what to do if you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, contact GGRM, the work injury attorneys in Las Vegas. For over 45 years GGRM has been protecting Southern Nevadan’s rights from wrongful termination to personal injury. Call 702-388-4476 to schedule a free consultation today.