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How can you prevent reinjury when you return to work?

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2021 | Workplace Injuries

Returning to work after a job-related accident in Missouri can bring feelings of excitement and uncertainty. One of your most important tasks will be to prevent reinjury.  

Resuming your job responsibilities in their full capacity may take time as you continue to recover. You can collaborate with your employer to discuss temporary solutions so you can perform required tasks both effectively and safely.  

Acknowledge physical limitations

Depending on the severity of your injury, you may temporarily experience physical limitations. Such restrictions could impact your ability to lift products, operate equipment or work your typical hours. Acknowledging your limitations and slowly reintroducing job-related activities can help you prevent reinjury.  

You have protections under the ADAAA. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, if your accident caused a permanent disability, you may never fully recover. Under these circumstances, you can work with your employer to identify alternative job opportunities, such as a reassignment. Vocational rehabilitation can also aid you in finding a different employment opportunity.  

Arrange consistent breaks

By law, even healthy workers need to take periodic breaks. Due to your condition, you may need a few more breaks added to your workday. Ask your health care provider to issue a formal note explaining your need for rest. You can use this information as leverage as you negotiate with your employer. With adequate rest throughout your day, you can maintain your body’s abilities and avoid reinjury because of overexertion.  

As your condition improves, update your employer. Neglecting to provide updates even if you have made a full recovery can damage your reputation. Additionally, if you continued to receive workers’ compensation during that time, you may face repercussions including repayment of benefits. Seeing that you gradually return to full capacity can help you regain momentum without compromising your safety or your career.