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If you’ve experienced an injury, chances are you’ve got all sorts running through your mind. Injuries impact every area of your life, from your personal life to your professional life. Most of us are mostly grieved by the way work impacts our professional lives though. While we can still receive visitors and keep in touch with our nearest and dearest while we recover from an injury, work can be a little different. Plus, we rely greatly on our work for our incomes. This is why so many of us become overrun with thoughts and questions when we begin to focus on our injury and how it impacts our work. Questions about how long it will take to recover from your current condition and get back to work. Questions about whether our absence will impact our status within the company or our career progression. Questions about whether your future ability to work will be impacted. So, it’s important that you know the basics of getting back to work following an injury.
Here’s some information that can help to put your mind at ease a little.
The first thing to emphasise is that you can’t rush recovery. Your body will heal as quickly as it can, but it can’t go any faster. This is why patience is a virtue. Sure, it can be frustrating not being able to do what you’re used to. But if you head back too early and put your body under too much strain, you could worsen your condition and end up taking more time off in the long run. So, follow your doctor’s advice, rest up as suggested and accept that this will take as long as it takes. If you’re concerned about medical expenses or loss of wages, remember that you could claim special damages. Sometimes medical expenses include treatment, medication and more and the claims can cover this.
Consider a Phased Return
Many companies will allow a phased return to work. This involves heading back to work for set hours over a set number of days. For example, you might go back to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for half days. Then advance to full days. Then advance to five day weeks. If you’ve had a long time off, you may need to ease yourself back into the usual working routine, rather than throwing yourself in the deep end and trying to jump straight back into the usual nine to five. A phased return allows for this.
Request a Return to Work Meeting
Most workplaces will do this of their own accord, but if not, it’s something that you should request and arrange. A return to work meeting will help the company to fill you in on what’s happened in your absence. They can discuss new recruits, changes in business direction and anything else you might need to be filled in on.
Hopefully, you won’t ever have to use this advice. But if you do experience an injury, it could prove extremely useful to you!
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