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Returning to Work After a Car Accident: What You Should Know

Published on Feb 7, 2018 at 1:51 pm in Car Accidents.

After a car accident, people often wonder about when they’re going to return to work. This could be because of a financial need or wanting to get back to normalcy. Many people return to work too quickly because they’re worried about their employer or fellow coworkers judging them for taking time off work to recover.

If you’ve been in a car accident in West Virginia, a Charleston car crash lawyer can help you get compensation for your injuries. You won’t have the financial pressure to go back to work too early. The injury attorneys at DBD Law believe in standing up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. We’ll do all we can to get you the justice you deserve.

When Should You Return to Work?

There isn’t a set time for everyone to go back to work after a car accident. Depending on your job and your injuries, your time away from work is a subject that only you and your doctor can answer. People in car accidents can suffer from:

  • Physical Injuries.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • Depression.
  • Anxiety.

When your doctor is explaining the best way to recover, ask about when you should think about returning to work. You should also remember that you’re allowed to stop and let your body heal, and you should go back to work when you truly feel better and have your doctor’s permission.

Returning to work too quickly can have an adverse effect on your recovery. If you’re still physically not ready to get back to work, you can make your injuries worse and possibly result in more time from work lost. Since many people have office jobs, going back too early might seem doable, but sitting in an office chair could hurt your back and staring at a computer screen cause headaches to flare up.

Will Working Affect Your Claim?

Some people might be nervous about returning to work before their claim is settled. They might think that going into work signals that they’re completely healed and don’t need compensation for injuries. This isn’t the case.

As stated above, there isn’t a set time for everyone who has been in car accidents to go back to work. It’s a case-by-case basis. Your claim won’t be ruined if you’re able to get back to work. If your injuries caused you to miss work, you can still claim for the lost income during that period.

While you do have to be better to return to work, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re fully healed. Your doctor might clear you to return to work before everything has fully healed, but you might have to take breaks during the day or do some exercises that will help your recovery. Your doctor wouldn’t tell you to go back to work if there was a chance it would stop your injuries from healing.

People tend to minimize situations in an effort to get back to normalcy. But this shouldn’t apply to car accidents. These serious events cause injuries more intense than a bruise. When you experience an event like this, your body and mind need time and rest to heal. You don’t need to worry about affecting your claim. Listening to your doctor and paying attention to how you’re feeling is the best thing for you, and the quickest path to recovery.

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