Getting injured in an accident can take a major financial toll on victims and their families. Medical bills can pile up quickly and being out of work for an extended period of time makes matters even worse. Missing a lot of work is not only difficult financially; it can also be hard for an injured person by disrupting their normal routine.
Under these circumstances, it is understandable that someone who has suffered a personal injury would want to get back on the job as soon as possible. But what if it is too soon?
What if you are still experiencing pain and other symptoms from your injuries? What if your doctor has not cleared you to go back to work yet? Can this hurt your personal injury claim?
The short answer to that question is, “yes.” If you are involved in a legal claim because another party caused your injury, returning to work too soon could hurt the value of your claim. And not only that, doing this could also be very detrimental to your health and well-being.
If you or a loved one has been injured because of someone else’s negligence, Bailey, Javins, and Carter L.C. is here to help. Call us today at (800) 497-0234 or (800) 296-6979 for a free consultation and case assessment with a member of our legal team.
Returning to Work After a Personal Injury
It is always best not to go back to work until you have clearance from your physician or another medical professional. You might feel like you are ready to return, but if your doctor says it is not time yet, then you should follow their directive. Along these same lines, if your doctor clears you for limited work with restrictions on your duties, make sure to abide by these recommendations as well.
If you decide to return to work after a personal injury without medical clearance, the insurance company might claim that your injury is not really as severe as you say it is. After all, how bad could it really be if you are going back to work so soon?
Keep in mind that although an insurance company adjuster might be friendly and courteous and act like they are on your side, their primary loyalty is to their employer, and their primary goal is to pay out as little as possible for your claim. They might dispute the severity of your injury no matter what you do, so why give them any additional reasons to do so?
Another thing that could happen if you go back to work sooner than you are able is that you could re-aggravate your injuries. This is one of the worst possible outcomes as it could set your recovery back for several weeks or even months. If this occurs and your condition becomes more severe as a result, the insurance company might try to deny coverage for any doctor visits and other medical treatment you received because of it.
Limit Your Activities When You are Out of Work
It is important to stress that you should be following your doctor’s orders not only with regards to when to return to work, but also the activities you participate in when you are not working. Your recovery is your top priority, so if your doctor tells you not to do any strenuous physical activity for a certain period of time, take their advice seriously and follow it.
You should also be sure to limit your social media activity until your claim has been settled. Posts of you having a good time with family and friends, for example, could be used by the insurance company to say that your injuries are not really all that serious. Comments made online about the accident could hurt your case as well. This is why it is best to refrain from posting anything online until your case is concluded.
Contact Bailey, Javins, and Carter L.C. for Assistance with Your Personal Injury
If you or someone close to has suffered a personal injury in West Virginia, Bailey, Javins, and Carter L.C. is ready to go to work for you. Message us online or call us today at (800) 497-0234 or (800) 296-6979 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.