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How can I get back to work after an injury?

If you are not working due to an on-the-job injury, but you want to return to work, there are a number of options for you in Maryland. It is beneficial for employers to employ strategies to get you back quickly, so there may be return-to-work program through your company. If you are unable to return to your previous position or company, the government provides training and resources through your workers' compensation claim.

According to the Office of Disability Employment Policy, return-to-work programs are advantageous to both the worker and employer. Some benefits for the employer include improved employee morale, increased productivity and reduced workers' compensation costs. Some of the strategies they may use to help get workers back to work sooner include:

  • Modified schedules
  • Telecommuting
  • Part-time work
  • Modified work duties
  • Work space accommodations

If your injury or disability prevents you from returing to your previous job, the Maryland Workers' Compensation Commission discusses the vocational rehabilitation program that assists employees return to work in a different capacity. If you are a candidate for the program you will interview with a counselor to determine things such as:

  • Job history
  • Physical abilities
  • Personal interests
  • Hobbies
  • Special skills

Based on the information, you and your couselor will come up with goals and a customized plan to help you re-enter the workforce. Depending on your specific situation, you may receive specialized training, take some college classes or you may take tests to determine the best jobs for you. Other services of the program include vocational couseling, job placement and on-the-job training.

 

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