The Return to Work Program for Workers’ Compensation Injuries and Illnesses
Getting back to work is an important step in recovering from a work-related injury or illness. It means you are returning to a normal pace in life. Research shows that returning to work has important health and wellbeing benefits. An early return to work and activity helps prevent long term disability and improved the likelihood of you continuing to improve and return to full work duties. RESIG’s Return to Work Program can assist you in returning to work quickly and safety after a work related injury/illness. Although you may not be able to perform your regular full duties, often you can still perform alternative productive work while recovering fully form your injury. This process benefits everyone involved. Workers benefit by a more rapid and complete recovery. Employers benefit by reduction in the length of time the employee is away from work and Medical Providers benefit by having another tool to utilize in aiding employees with their recovery.
What is the RTW Program All About?
The purpose of the Return to Work Program is to assist you in returning to work quickly and safely. Although you may have temporary work restrictions that might prevent you from preforming regular job tasks, you can often participate in temporary modified duty while recovering.
This is how it works: after an initial appointment with the Occupational Health Clinic the treating doctor may release you back to work with temporary work restrictions. An Interactive Process meeting should take place with your employer to determine how to accommodate you. Should you choose to remain off work you will not be paid temporary disability benefits but you may use your own sick time to remain off work. The progress you make will be monitored while participating in The Program.
Your Responsibilities While Participating in The Return to Work Program
- Perform work safely and follow your work restrictions
- Provide your employer with updated “work status slips” after each doctor appointment
- Attend scheduled doctor and physical therapy appointments
- Communicate with your supervisor if:
- You experience difficulty or pain while performing your modified duty
- You miss time due to scheduled medical appointments
- You are unable to report for work
- Let your supervisor know how you are feeling and how you are progressing
You Play An Important Role
You Make a Difference
You Are Valuable
You Belong To A Team
Be an active participant in your return to work and recovery. No one else can do you recovering for you.
Make the most of your medical treatment by following through with the treatment plan, practice any prescribed stretches/exercises. Attend your medical appointments and comply with your work restrictions.
Ask questions – it’s okay!
Contact Kelly Cook, Sr. RTW/Ergonomic Advisor
707 836 0779 x 108