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Returning to work after a workplace injury

On Behalf of | May 20, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Returning to work after a workplace injury can be challenging. Knowing your rights in Pennsylvania helps, because it better ensures a smooth transition and protects your job.

If you need to file for workers’ compensation, it is important to understand how the law protects you after a workplace injury.

Workers’ compensation benefits

In Pennsylvania, worker’s compensation benefits cover the costs you need to live your day-to-day life. Medical care benefits should cover all necessary treatments related to your injury. Lost wage benefits should cover your living expenses until you can return to work.

Return-to-work rights

When you’re ready to return to work, certain rights protect you:

  • Job reinstatement: You have the right to return to your previous position if you can perform the essential duties.
  • Job modification: If you can’t do your original job, your employer must offer a modified job that fits your restrictions.
  • Medical clearance: Your employer cannot force you to return to work without medical clearance.

Ensure your healthcare provider approves your return to work and outlines any limitations you’re under.

Employer obligations

Employers in Pennsylvania have specific obligations to injured workers. Your employer must provide reasonable accommodations that help you do your job. Additionally, you can’t be subject to retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim or for returning to work with restrictions.

Returning to work is a big step

Returning to work after a workmen’s compensation claim can be stressful. Contact a Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Specialist today for a free, no-obligation consultation to learn how we can help you. Call 610-601-5399 or reach out to us online.