If you have been off work due to an accident or injury you may find the idea of returning to work a little daunting, especially if you are making a claim for compensation. However, it is better to get back as soon as you can, both to show willing and because as long as you are physically able to work again it will help you get over your injury. Do not give in to any pressure to return to work prematurely, however, as you risk doing yourself more harm by doing so. Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you are being pressured to return in any way; we can help and support you at this difficult time.
Your employer will be doing everything possible to ensure your smooth return to work; they will not want to lose an experienced member of the team, especially if you have been there for a while. You should keep in contact with your employer whilst you are off work to keep them updated on your progress and let them know when you can predict a date for your return to work. Keeping relations civil and open whilst you are absent will make it easier to return. Do not discuss any part of your claim during this time; any contact should purely deal with your health and recovery progress.
Once you are ready to return you should discuss with your employer any concessions you may need to enable you to start working again. You may require a less physical role or part-time hours initially. Do not shy away from discussing these matters, as your employer will want you back to work as soon as possible.
Obviously, you should confirm that any failings that were related to your accident have been rectified and new procedures put in place if necessary to ensure you can work safely on your return. If you feel the problem has not been addressed, be polite but firm, about not returning until it has been, but be sure that your requests are reasonable. If you have any doubts about your treatment on returning to work, contact us at Accident Advice Helpline. We will be able to advise you and if necessary deal with your employer on your behalf.
Your employer may ask you to take on lighter duties initially and should be flexible about you having time off for hospital appointments or physiotherapy. You should also be realistic about what you can manage; do not attempt to jump right back into your previous duties if you are unable to. After an extended period of rehabilitation it is probable that you will not be ready to start working full time immediately. Take it slowly and be sure to refresh your memory concerning the procedures and guidelines that need to be followed to maintain a safe working environment. Go through them with another member of staff or take an official course if your company has one.Open Claim Calculator
Returning to work after making a claim, especially if it is ongoing, can be a daunting prospect. You have an injury to deal with as well as facing an employer from whom you are claiming compensation. As long as you have a valid claim there is no need to feel guilty; instead, ensure that the procedures have been changed to prevent anyone else being injured in the same way.