As a Californian who has been out of work for a while due to a work-related injury, you may find the readjustment period quite a challenge. The Law Offices of Hussain & Gutierrez are here to help you work through this adjustment and get back on your feet again.
You may be uncertain about many things when returning to work, along with having tons of questions. Are you actually ready to go back? Will you be able to work at your old capacity? What will you do if you’re asked to do things that you feel you’re currently incapable of doing? Should you even be back at all?
Even if a doctor says you’re ready to return to work, they aren’t always right. If you feel like they have made a mistake in their judgment, you’re able to have a second evaluation done by a type of doctor known as a qualified medical examiner (QME). They will provide thorough analysis on your ability to work.
As far as your job goes, you may have rights to get job placement benefits if your employer doesn’t give you work upon your return. If you’re unable to do your old job anymore, you can also look into options for other jobs based on your current level of ability.
If you’re dealing with this readjustment period and would like to look more into returning to work after an injury, you can check out our web page on workers’ compensation for more information. The options that are available will often differ from situation to situation.