As you start to recover from your railroad injuries, you may start getting more and more pressing questions about when you can return to your previous duties at work. The pressure to return to work can come from many different sources, including:
- Your friends and family
- Your employer
- Your own work ethic or sense of duty
- The weight of medical bills and lack of income
However, before you give in to returning to the work at the railroad before you’re ready, realize that pressure and threats are the wrong reasons to head back to the job. Instead, you need to understand how to assert your rights.
Who Decides When an Injured Railway Worker Should Return to Work?
Ultimately, the decision to return to work should only be made by the worker and his or her doctor. Only your doctor can offer a medical opinion on your post-injury capabilities, and only you truly know how you feel. Although your employer or others may pressure you to return to work—at least in a limited capacity—while you are still recovering, remember that it is not their injury and not their decision to make. If you return to work too soon, you risk complicating your health and threatening the success of your injury claim.
What Happens If I’m Being Pushed Into Returning to Work Too Soon?
When workers stick to their doctors’ recommendations instead of returning to work, the pressure may turn into harassment or even outright threats. Whether the pressure is subtle or very clear, it isn’t fair to you and your recovery. If you are fighting threats and pressure related to your return to the railroad, it is very important to seek experienced legal help that can help you protect yourself and get the recovery time your doctor agrees you deserve.
How Can I Get Help If I’m Running Into Complications With a Claim for Railroad Injuries?
If you need help protecting your rights after you’ve been hurt by a railroad company’s negligence, start getting informed today with a free copy of our book, The Insider’s Guide to Winning Your Railroad Injury Case. Our Houston legal team has successfully resolved numerous, complicated railroad injury claims around the United States, and we would be happy to talk with you about your concerns—for free and with no obligation. Simply reach out to us by phone today at (877) 724-7800, or use the Live Chat on this page to talk to an online operator now.