It is typically in everyone’s best interest for the injured employee to get back to work as soon as possible. Returning to work speed can speed the injured employee’s recovery and reduces the financial impact on the worker, the employer, and the workers compensation insurance system. Even if the injured employee is unable to get back to their job right away following the accident, the employer may be able to find light duty work for which they are qualified, thus relieving the strain of an employee injury for all.

On the job injuries can have devastating impacts for workers. In an instant, an employee can go from being a healthy, productive worker, to being in significant pain and unable to work. While an employee’s first thoughts may be to get medical treatment or want to know how quickly they can get back to work, there are certain responsibilities they must adhere to be in compliance with the law. Following a work injury, employees must immediately it, or as soon as possible after the accident. If the injury is not reported within the prescribed period, the workers compensation claim may be rejected. Forms required to initialize the claim must be filled out promptly and returned to the appropriate insurance company or state agency.