If you end up injuring yourself or ending up in an accident, the chances are that you will need to take some time off work. More often than not, your body will be back to full health after just a week or so and this will have little impact on your work and finances. However, in more serious cases, you might need to take a month or more off work.
The longer you take off, then the more likely you are to run out of statutory sick-leave pay, which can prove to be a financial hardship for most people. However, that should not be a reason to rush back to work just yet.
Thinking of returning to work after an injury? Here are some important things that you really need to consider carefully.
Listen To Your Doctor
Your work might be badgering you to return but there is really only one person who you should listen to – your doctor! If you aren’t sure whether you are ready to head back to the workplace, it’s a wise move to consult your doctor. He or she will be able to examine you to make sure that your body is in a fit state to get back to work. If your doctor thinks that you will be best off resting for another week, it is really important that you listen to them and take their advice.
Consider Claiming Compensation
If you were injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, it’s worth getting in touch with a lawyer as they will be able to help you set up a compensation claim. This is especially useful if you have taken a considerable amount of time off work and your statutory sick-pay has come to an end. You will likely need this compensation to live off. By speaking to a lawyer, you can figure out whether or not you have a case and the likelihood of things going in your favor.
Take Things Easy
If you are given the all clear to return to work then you will need to take things easy. Rushing back into the swing of things could see you take on too much which could push your body to its limits. This could worsen your injuries or you might even end up injuring yourself in other ways. If possible, see if you can return to work on a part-time basis for a limited time. Once you feel a lot more comfortable, you can then see about increasing your hours.
Document Any Incidents In The Workplace
When you do return to the workplace, get yourself an accident book if your workplace doesn’t already have one. You should log in any incidents that occur as a result of your injuries. These could be used against your work in an employment tribunal as it could be evidence that they forced you to return before you were ready.
The number one point to take from this is not to return before you are ready!