Does Being on Work Comp Mean My Life is Over?
By Sean Oswald of Strong Law Offices posted in Workers' Compensation on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
After you have been injured on the job, many things will happen. Of course, you will have to deal with the pain and disability of the injury. You will have to attend numerous doctor appointments, possibly go through painful physical therapy or injections or even surgery. You may have to deal with the struggle to get your medical paid for or to get paid your temporary total disability benefits while you are unable to work. It will soon become apparent that even if you are receiving full benefits that it doesn't completely replace your income. You may have to deal with depression and with certain types of injuries you may have to deal with skeptical friends, family and co-workers' who don't believe you are hurt as badly as you are or can't understand why you haven't returned to work. It will be frustrating to know that you wish for nothing more than that the accident had never happened to interrupt your life.
So, once you find yourself in this place, does it mean that you can't have any kind of life at all? You may have been warned that you are subject to being video taped by the Respondent to determine if you are in fact acting outside of your limitations. This is true and you should be mindful of it, but so long as you strictly adhere to the limitations provided by your doctor you are entitled to continue to do normal things in life. You just have to be careful of how some things can appear. For example, just because a golf club is very light does not mean that you should be out swinging one when you have a shoulder injury.
What is important though is that you do not have to stop living. You are still perfectly entitled to go on vacations or to visit friends. You do not have to give up your life. You simply have to remember how things appear. Other important tips are to avoid posting trips or fun activities on facebook and other social media. Remember that pictures can be taken out of context. It is good to check with an attorney about what activities may be allowed while on restrictions just to further protect yourself.
It is important to follow your doctor's restrictions and to be mindful of the fact that you may be video tapped- but it is also important for you to continue to live your life as best you can within the restrictions that are given to you. A work comp injury does not have to be the end of your life.