How Returning to Work Too Soon May Affect Your Car Crash Claim
After being injured in a crash, victims often wonder when they will be able to return to work. Even though they are still in pain, they have financial obligations and just want to get back to normal. They think they can simply adjust to the pain and limitations caused by their injuries. Many car crash victims go back to work too quickly because they feel pressured by their employer, and they do not want to risk losing their job.
Returning to work before your injury has fully healed may hinder your recovery, but it may also affect your claim for compensation.
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Dangers of Returning to Work Too Soon
Car crash victims may go back to work earlier than they should because they have bills to pay and other financial responsibilities.
However, returning to work too soon could be dangerous for your health. If your doctor has recommended not working for a couple of months but you go back to work halfway through your recovery, your injury will not be able to fully heal. Your injury may potentially get worse.
If your attorney files a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance company, they may view an early return to work as a sign you have healed, or your injuries are not that serious. They may use your early return to work as a reason to devalue your claim.
Following your doctor’s treatment plan can help show that you are committed to getting better. While you may have the urge to get back to your normal routine as soon as possible, it is important to not have any gaps in your medical treatment because the insurance company will be watching everything.
They will do everything in their power to pay you less or pay nothing at all. This is why you need an experienced lawyer on your side to protect your best interests and help negotiate for fair compensation.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Claim
It is important that you document your injury symptoms. This includes how your injury impacts you physically and mentally. This information could be useful to your claim and allow your treating doctor to put together a treatment plan that meets your specific needs to aid in your recovery.
Be sure to include the level of pain and discomfort you are experiencing while you heal from your injury. Doing so could help you keep track of any health-related issues that may come up, such as adverse side effects from a medication. Your doctor will be able to make any changes to your treatment plan.
If your doctor has given you the all-clear to return to work, let your doctor know if you still feel that you are in a lot of pain and cannot handle your work duties. He or she may agree with you and recommend certain restrictions on your work duties. Be sure to get a note from your doctor listing these restrictions to show your employer. This documentation can also help to strengthen your claim for compensation.
Many victims will go back to work part time at first with restrictions. This is a great way to gauge pain levels, start to earn income again and balance between doing nothing versus doing too much too soon.
Speak to an Experienced Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a crash, our licensed car accident lawyers in Bloomington are ready to help you obtain the compensation you need for your losses. You should never have to feel financial pressure to return to work too soon. Learn more about your rights and legal options in a free initial consultation.
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