Are there benefits when you return to work? Yes, studies have shown that returning to work in particular and to an active life in general can facilitate your faster recovery from injury. You will also find that it may increase your benefits, including your income, over time.
What happens to your workers’ compensation payments upon your return to work? It depends on several factors, such as your income before your injury. For example, you can avail of the reduced earnings benefits, which is possible when your new salary is lower than your old salary due to your disability; you can secure part of you workers’ compensation payments to make up for your reduced salary.
Who are the people you should inform about your return to work plan? You and/or your attorney should inform the insurance carrier or the company paying for your benefits as well as the workers’ compensation board about your plan before actually returning to work. You should also inform them about changes in status of your employment.
Will you be able to enjoy paid leaves for the days you miss due to the work-related injury after returning to work? Yes, you can still receive workers’ comp benefits, a benefit known as intermittent lost time. You must, however, be vigilant about keeping records of your pay stubs and lost time for future reference.
Will your employer keep your job open while you are recovering from your work-related injury? While employers are not legally obligated to keep your job open, most employers will do so and take back the worker. You can increase your chances of returning to work by keeping in contact with your employer and asking about these matters with your lawyer.
As for your needs in occupational therapy in preparation for your return to work, you should ask your employer about it. Many employers in California use the expertise of any of our clinics, such as the one in Long Beach by Signal Hill, Carson, Seal Beach, Lakewood, Bellflower, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, and Los Alamitos.
Any of our clinics, such as the Los Angeles clinic, are available for occupational therapy services. We cater to clients from the Burbank, Glendale, Pasadena, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Inglewood, Hawthorne, Huntington Park, South Gate, Lynwood, Montebello, Monterey Park, and Alhambra areas, too.
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