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What If I Am Unable to Return to Work After a Car Accident injury?

A car accident can leave victims with limited mobility, lost functions in their bodies, or dealing with chronic pain and other impairing conditions. Reaching MMI (Maximum Medical Improvement) and returning to your old job can take a long time. A lot of victims are surprised to find out that they don’t fit their old job anymore.

car accident victim with a spinal cord injury

It’s possible that your health condition after the accident just doesn’t allow you to simply return to work after healing your injuries. In this case, you can go through vocational rehab, which helps you readapt and go back to work. You can either return to your old job or go through a professional reconversion altogether.

When Should You Return to Work After a Car Accident?

In general, the sooner, the better. Recovering from car accident injuries is no vacation. Besides the physical challenges, you will deal with mental problems that can go worse the more time you spend off work. 

In some cases, the victim doesn’t have to wait to reach the MMI to get back to work. Depending on the doctor’s recommendation, you might be able to work again in certain circumstances, even as you recover. Going back to your daily routine and being active will speed up your recovery. 

Not to mention, if you don’t get back to work once your doctor says it’s ok, you might lose your benefits. Check your medical record after each evaluation, since some doctors may give you the OK in writing and not mention it verbally. Once you are given the green light for returning to work, you must notify your employer immediately. 

At the same time, once you are back to work, don’t push yourself over the limits that were recommended by your doctor. If your condition worsens, the insurance company will likely put it on your personal decision to work more than recommended.

Vocational Rehab (VR)

If the car accident caused any type of impairment or disability, vocational rehabilitation will help you adapt professionally. 

You will be assessed by a specialist and together you will identify points that need to be addressed. They will evaluate your aptitudes and determine if you will need special conditions or assistance at work. Your career counselor will help you make a list of possible careers you can pursue, and help you look for available jobs.

Speak With a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer

A car accident can have serious consequences that can affect all aspects of your life, not just your health. 

If you want to have a smooth way back to work and receive all the benefits you are entitled to, hiring an experienced St. Louis car accident lawyer is the best decision. They are aware of the benefits you can receive and are able to negotiate with the insurance company to get you the best outcome while you focus on your recovery. 

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Updated: April 20, 2020