Work restrictions and returning to work after a work injury

Many injured workers are confused about their ability to return to work after a work injury.

Generally, an injured worker can return to work with their original employer or for any other employer.

If you want to return to work after a work injury, first you must have your doctor’s WRITTEN work restrictions. This is often a form that lists what you can and can’t do. For example, it may say not lifting over 20 lbs. or no standing for longer than 30 minutes in a two hour period. If you do not understand your restrictions, have your doctor explain them to you.

Second, any work you obtain MUST NOT violate any of your restrictions. So if your restrictions say no lifting over 20 lbs. and the job requires lifting items that weigh 50 lbs. or more, you should not take that work.

If you are able to find a new job that is within your restrictions, that is great. However, you must listen to your body and if there is any indication you are worsening your injuries and/or re-injuring yourself, you should see your doctor immediately to notify him of your new symptoms and to see if you should stop that job.