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Can you return to work after a catastrophic injury?

On Behalf of | Dec 15, 2021 | Injuries, Personal Injury

Maritime careers in Tennessee can expose you to a number of safety risks including fires, chemicals and inclement weather. An accident at work under extreme working conditions could jeopardize your career.

It may take months or even years to recover from a catastrophic injury. Some outcomes could cause permanent disability and require ongoing support and accommodations. Knowing when to return to work can help you determine your next steps.

Planning your recovery

Depending on the type of injury you experience, your treatment may involve the expertise of a variety of medical professionals. Your health care provider can help you assess your treatment options to develop a plan for your recovery. Based on the findings, you may get an idea of when, if ever, you can return to your former job.

Focusing your resources and efforts on your physical and emotional recovery should take priority. If you need financial support, you may consider options including workers’ compensation and social security disability benefits. Even though you may feel pressure to start working as soon as possible, returning to your job before you fully recover can put you at risk of prolonging your injury.

Planning your future

With an idea of when you can return to work, you can make goals for your future. If your injury results in a permanent disability, you may need accommodations when you return to work. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, these accommodations could include the following:

  • Adjustments to the process of applying for jobs
  • Modifications to your work environment
  • Facility improvements to accommodate your physical needs

Even if you cannot go back to your previous job, these requirements apply to all employers who may consider hiring you. With the right support system, your injury does not have to prevent you from working again.


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