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What to expect when returning to work after workers' comp

Imagine that you are at work, having a normal day just like always. As the day progresses, you start to think about how you're going to enjoy your evening -- and then right at that moment, a terrible work accident occurs and you suffer serious injuries as a result. Your evening no longer matters, because your whole future is of far more concern at this moment.

Thankfully, you survive the accident and the injuries you suffered, though severe, can be fixed and you will be okay after some time. During your recovery, you get workers' compensation to help you pay for all the things you normally wouldn't be able to deal with, given your inability to work.

But now here's the question: when you return to work, what happens? How does the return to work affect your benefits, and how does you accident impact your work?

When you return to work, your job status and pay will greatly affect your ability to continue receiving workers' compensation. If you make the same amount (or more) of money as you did prior to the injury upon returning to work, then you will likely lose your workers' comp benefits.

However, wage loss benefits are available to people who are still not able to earn what they were earning prior to the injury. These benefits come in various forms -- "temporary partial" and "temporary total" -- so it behooves anyone who was injured in a workplace accident to consult an attorney so that they know how to best approach their post-injury return to work.

Source: FindLaw, "Workers' Comp Benefits and Returning to Work," Accessed May 8, 2015

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