It really depends. While some employees are able to return to a light-duty position while maintaining their prescription regimen, other employees may run into problems with the medications they take for their work-related injuries. If you have concerns about continuing your medication while on light duty at work, take steps to:
- Talk with your doctor about the effects of medications you are prescribed. Drowsiness, disorientation, nausea, and other side effects are common and may interfere with your ability to perform your job. Ask your doctor about potential side effects, and communicate honestly about how the drugs you are prescribed affect you when you are considering light-duty options.
- Check your employer’s policy on medications. It’s important that you find out exactly how your employer handles medication on the job—preferably before you’ve agreed to return to light duty. Some employers may not allow certain pain medications on site, even if you’re not actively operating machinery or driving a vehicle. Other employers may require notification, approval, or special handling of an employee’s prescription medications. Either way, you’ll want to know before you’ve signed up for a painful eight-hour shift, even on light duty.
If you are having trouble transitioning back to your duties after a serious work injury, don’t hesitate to reach out for legal help. Our Houston team is standing by to answer your questions and help you make informed decisions after you’ve been hurt. For more information, simply give us a call or fill out the confidential contact form on this page today.