An Aggressive Advocate, When You Need It Most.

Employer support in returning to work after an injury

Published on Mar 4, 2021 at 5:23 pm in workers' compensation.

Workers injured on the job may need to take considerable time off of work to recover and regain strength. The support of a workers’ compensation policy can provide injured workers with financial benefits to help them meet day-to-day obligations while they cannot work. 

As people recover, they may wish to return to work and resume their responsibilities as much as their condition allows. Employers should continue to provide support during the transition period and do their due diligence in facilitating a successful return to work. 

The purpose of the ADAAA

The Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 provides clarification on the definition of “disability.” According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the broadened definition of “disability” aims to make the process of claiming a disability easier. 

ADA regulations provide their own description of disabilities and many injured people found it challenging to explain how their disability met the required criteria. With the added context of the ADAAA, injured workers can assess their condition, claim disability and receive the necessary protection and resources to meet their needs. 

An employer’s responsibility

Experts recommend that employers include a return-to-work provision in their workers’ compensation benefits package. This means that employers should continue to provide benefits and resources during the time a worker transitions back to work rather than discontinuing benefits as soon as an injured worker reaches maximum recovery. According to The Society for Human Resource Management, some companies forget the ADAAA requirements and prematurely assume that their responsibilities end. 

A well-written return-to-work policy will address a worker’s unique circumstances and will take into account medical notes and diagnoses. After analyzing a worker’s skills and needs, employers should collaborate with their injured workers to identify which modifications will allow them to perform their jobs safely and efficiently as they continue to recover.

Request Attorney Consultation

Call us or fill out the form below to schedule a confidential case evaluation. We can help you determine if you need a lawyer, if you have a potential case, and if so, what your next step should be.

Legal & Firm News

Which Type of Doctor Should You See Immediately Following an Accident?

Car accident injuries can range from minor to severe, and it is not always easy to tell the difference between the two. The onset of symptoms can be slow for some injuries, and may even develop over the hours, days, and weeks immediately following a collision. Knowing when and where to seek medical care after […]

Read More

5 Summer Road Hazards to Watch Out for When Driving

The summer season is the time of year when Pennsylvania residents enjoy the warm weather and soaking up the sun. Kids are generally out of school, college students are home on break, it’s prime weather for construction crews to chip away at their to-do list, and residents and tourists alike travel up and down the […]

Read More

What Are Crumple Zones and How Do They Work?

Crumple zones are an important safety design that limit car accident injuries and reduce the number of vehicular fatalities. While a crushed crumple zone might make the aftermath of an accident look especially severe, it is more likely an indication that a vehicle performed as designed. Drivers and passengers alike are more likely to survive […]

Read More