You may be ready to go back to work, but you may not be ready to go back to your former duties because of the physical limitations your injury has caused. When you receive medical treatment for a workplace injury, your physician will discuss your condition with you and issue work restrictions. Restrictions will help you get back to work safely; not just letting you know when you can go back to work, but also what type of work you can do, and for how many hours. Moreover, they help your employer make sure that work restriction instructions are followed. In most cases, work restrictions fall into one of these categories:
- Job modification means that you can return to your original job, with modifications. A common example is that you had a job that required you to be on your feet all day. The modification is that you are given a seat. You are still doing the same job, but you can now perform that job while sitting down.
- Transitional work is that which is intended to gradually get you back to your original job. In this case, you may be doing a different type of work for your employer, but the work is within the restriction guidelines imposed by your physician. For instance, if you are an injured bus driver who cannot work as an operator, your transitional work might be completing inspection logs.
What are the Benefits of Job Modification and Transitional Work?
Employment is about earning a living, but it’s much more than that: it’s about self-esteem and having a connection with coworkers. Having a productive mindset is an important asset when returning to work after an on-the-job injury: it keeps us motivated, confident, positive, balanced and focused on a goal. Of course, it also gives you the opportunity to receive pay while healing.
Find out more about job restrictions and returning to work
The decision to return to work is one that your physician will help you make. If you have questions or concerns about your options, we invite you to contact us to speak to our experienced Massachusetts workers’ compensation attorney. Contact the office of Chisholm Law LLC or call us at (978) 703-0700 today.
About the Author: Eric Chisholm
J. Eric Chisholm practices in the areas of Personal Injury, Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability. He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association & a frequent lecturer on the topic of workers’ compensation law at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education seminars.