Can your employer facilitate your return to work after an injury?

The injury you suffered at your job in Alabama required you to file a claim to receive workers' compensation. Now that you are past the initial recovery process, you are feeling more confident about being able to return to your job and undertake your responsibilities. However, you are wondering if there are things that your employer can do to make this transition more comfortable for you. 

Your employer has probably had discussions with you about your injury, how it happened and what is required of you from a recovery standpoint before you will be cleared to return to work. Once you have met the expectations of your health care provider and your employer, you may be eligible to return to your job, but you may need to slowly work your way up to where you were before your accident. 

According to the United States Department of Labor, if your employer has implemented a return-to-work policy, they will be able to provide you with opportunities to expedite your recovery with the satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from being able to undertake some responsibility. As such, the costs they are paying for your workers' compensation may decrease, the productivity of their organization may increase and you can begin collecting income again. 

Often, your employer's decision to modify your responsibilities to support your gradual return, will save them money rather than expending considerable resources to recruit and hire new personnel. Some of the modifications you may be offered include accommodations for some equipment, the opportunity to telecommute and even modified tasks. The information in this article is intended for educational opportunities and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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