Returning to Work After a Car Accident
After a car accident occurs, there are many things to be dealt with, one of them is knowing if it’s suitable to return to work. A car accident can cause serious injuries to a person’s body, sometimes even delayed injuries can occur. Understanding the recovery process your body may need to go through is critical in facilitating a quick, simple recovery.
Depending on the severity of your injuries, your doctor’s recommendations, and the treatment plan in place, you may have to take time away from work to properly recover. Returning to work before you are healed can put you at a greater risk of re-injuring yourself or prolonging your recovery. In an effort to help you feel more comfortable about what to do after a car accident, in regards to work, we’ve put together a few tips.
Stay consistent with doctors appointments
After your initial examination with a healthcare professional, it’s more than likely you’ll be given directions for a treatment plan. For the fastest recovery, it is best to stick to that plan as best you can and schedule follow-up appointments to track progress. If you choose to neglect proper treatment, you may develop additional symptoms as time passes.
Keep note of all symptoms
Following an accident, it’s best to record what you’re experiencing physically and mentally. When you report that information to your doctor, they may have an easier time determining the scope of your injuries, and if changes to the recovery plan are needed. If you begin to experience complications, bring those up as soon as possible. This information will not only be valuable for your doctor, but it could help your personal injury case.
Prepare a doctor’s note
Retrieving a doctor’s note will aid in getting yourself some time off post-accident and back to work once healed. Your doctor’s note should include documentation of your injuries, relevant test results and x-rays, records of your follow up appointments, and the recovery plan you’ve followed through on. A doctor’s note will also allow your employer to better understand physical duties that can be completed once returned to work.
Work from home
A good alternative to going to work following a car accident is working from home. This can be a less stressful way to complete the necessary work while allowing your body the rest it needs to recover. If this is a possible route for you to take, it’s important to discuss a plan of action with your employer to note the type of work that can be done from home and the appropriate hours to work before it becomes strenuous on your body. While working from home can be a great way to keep up with your duties while recovering, if not done properly, you risk the same re-injury outcomes as going into work could cause.
Understand steps to take if re-injury occurs
Even if you’ve followed through with your recovery plan and go back to work at the right time, there’s always a chance you may re-injure yourself or your previous condition could flare up. If this is the case, you’ll want to inform your employer and get to your doctor as soon as possible.
Will this affect my lawsuit/claim?
Some people might be nervous about returning to work before their claim is settled because they are afraid it will signal that they don’t need compensation for injuries. This isn’t the case. It’s a case-by-case basis. Your claim won’t be ruined if you’re able to get back to work. If your injuries caused you to miss work, you can still claim for the lost income during that period.
While you do have to be better to return to work, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fully healed. When you experience an event like this, your body and mind need time and lots of rest to heal. You don’t need to worry about affecting your claim by treating your body with the care it deserves.
Seeking immediate medical attention will help support your body’s natural healing process and help you avoid a lifetime of chronic pain or other health problems. Path Medical is experienced in using chiropractic treatment to help patients recover from car accidents. Call 1-800-411-PAIN and get the help you need! We will refer you to the attorneys that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and the medical attention you need.