If you were injured on the job, your doctor, your employer and Texas Mutual want to help you to return to productive work as soon as medically reasonable. For the return-to-work process to work, however, you must play an active role.
What's in it for you?
- Heal sooner. Research shows that working is an important part of the healing process.
- Steer clear of the disability mindset. The longer your are off work, the less likely you are to return to productive employment. After six months, you have only a 50 percent chance of rejoining the workforce.
- Maintain your pre-injury income. Workers' compensation benefits replace only a portion of your lost wages.
If you miss work due to an on-the-job injury:
- Cooperate with your doctor. Attend your appointments, and follow your treatment plan.
- Communicate with your employer. Keep your employer updated on your recovery. Tell them if you need extra help recovering and returning to work.
- Be open to alternative work. You might not be able to do your regular job immediately after a workplace injury. If not, your doctor could release you to perform alternative work while you recover. If your employer makes a bona fide offer of employment that meets your doctor's restrictions and you refuse, you might lose your workers' comp income benefits.
Get more information
- Visit www.tdi.state.tx.us/wc/rtw/index.html.
- Call your Texas Mutual adjuster at (800) 859-5995.