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Going Back to Work After an On-the-Job Injury in California

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on September 17, 2013 | In Workers Compensation

If you are injured on the job in California, you may wonder whether going back to work will affect your workers’ compensation benefits. You may want to go back to work, but worry that doing so will reduce or eliminate your benefits.

Here is an overview of California’s rules about going back to work after an on-the-job injury. To learn more about how these rules might apply to your particular situation, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced southern California workers’ compensation attorney.

  1. Can I go back to work after I’m hurt on the job?
    Yes. In fact, many experts recommend doing what work you can after an injury. Studies find that going back to work often helps injured employees recover more fully.
  2. How do I know when I can go back to work and what work I can do?
    If you receive workers’ compensation benefits in California, you can seek advice from several people regarding whether you can work, what work you can do, and when you should start working again. Advice may come from your doctor, your employer, your claims administrator, and your attorney. Each person contributes important information that can help you make an informed decision.
  3. What if I can’t do everything I used to do on the job?
    Your treating physician can recommend that you be allowed to work “with restrictions” while you heal from an injury. Your doctor will explain to your employer in writing what changes you need and why you need them. You cannot be required to work if your doctor reports that you cannot work at all.
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