Working again after suffering an injury in New York
Get insight on how to make a smooth and lasting transition back to work after suffering an injury on the job.
If you recently suffered an injury at your job site in New York, it can take some time until you feel ready to return to work. Once you are physically up for resuming your job, it is essential that you work closely with Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C. and your employer to make a smooth transition back to the workplace for everyone’s benefit.
Return to work ASAP
You do not want to rush your recovery, but it is best that you not delay longer than absolutely necessary when it comes to getting back to work. Not only will it be easier and better for you and your employer if you return as soon as you are able to, there is a better chance that your job will still be available.
Establish a solid plan
Something else you will want to do is make sure you have the right plan in place to help facilitate not only your return, but success in your return, which is something Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C. can help with. Specifically, you and your employer need to work together to decide how much of your job role you can still fulfill with your injury and if any adjustments need to be made. You may have to rearrange your workstation, and someone else might have to take over some of your duties.
Keep the lines of communication open
Once you are back at work, it is best that you communicate as much as necessary with your employer, supervisor and fellow employees about how you are feeling. Specifically, let everyone know how comfortable (or uncomfortable) you feel about coming back to work, if you are in any pain or discomfort, if there is a chance you might be on long-term disability or if there are additional changes you would like to have made to make your transition that much more comfortable. You might feel as though you are whining at times, but your requests could be easier to honor than you might think.
Work with human resources
Something else you will want to do is work with your human resources department during your return. HR professionals will let you know whether your injury qualifies as a disability while you are on the job, if you can take advantage of the Family and Medical Leave Act and if you are doing everything the right and legal way, which can help keep you and your employer on the right side of the law.
No matter how seemingly minor your work injury might be while you are employed in New York, you need to know and protect your rights. Reach out to Silverman, Silverman & Seligman, P.C. to learn more about getting back to work and getting the rightful compensation you deserve for your injury.