Going back to work sooner than you are ready can actually put you at a greater risk of re-injuring yourself or extending the time that it takes for your injury to heal.
The best tool for deciding when to return to work after a car accident is the treatment plan you receive from your doctor. Your doctor will take into consideration your responsibilities at your job and will be able to determine when you are physically ready to handle them again.
In order for a personal injury claim to be successful, you need to have written medical documentation from your doctor that ties your injuries and symptoms to your car accident and shows a medical basis for your inability to immediately return to work.
Will Returning to Work Hurt My Case?
Many people believe that if you return to work you will hurt the outcome of your personal injury lawsuit. But returning to work does not have to mean that you have recovered fully or that your injuries were not severe. Sometimes you need to return to work because of the financial necessity to pay your bills.
Working before you are fully recovered can be dangerous though. Devoting all of your energy to your job can cause other areas of your life to suffer, or can prevent your injury from ever fully healing.
Waiting the appropriate amount of time that your doctor recommends is always the best course of action for the outcome of your personal injury case. Plaintiffs are responsible for mitigating damages, meaning they have a duty to take all reasonable opportunities to keep the loss they suffer to a minimum. Staying home from work simply because you have a pending case can make you look like an irresponsible and unreasonable plaintiff and can hurt the reward you receive.
Who Should I Contact After a Car Accident?
After a car accident, the top priority is your health. Consulting a doctor about your injuries is always the first thing you should do. Calling an attorney should be your next step. A car accident lawyer can help with your financial recovery the same way your doctor can help with your physical recovery.
The legal team at Thomas Law Offices is dedicated to helping car accident victims rebuild their lives and return to normal. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation of your case.