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Why is it important to follow medical advice after a work injury?

On Behalf of | Feb 20, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Suffering an injury at work can be a daunting experience, impacting both your physical well-being and your ability to perform your job. In such situations, it is important to prioritize your health and pay attention to medical advice provided by healthcare professionals.

Doing so not only promotes your recovery but also helps ensure that you receive support through workers’ compensation benefits.

Avoiding a longer recovery period

When you sustain an injury at work, your health becomes the top priority. Ignoring or neglecting medical advice can increase the severity of your injury and prolong your recovery time. By promptly seeking and following medical guidance, you increase the likelihood of a successful recovery and minimize the risk of long-term health complications.

Helping prevent other injuries

Healthcare professionals have the knowledge to recommend the best treatment options for your specific injury. They also understand how to avoid new injuries or health complications during this time. Whether it involves medication, physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises, following their guidance helps your chances of regaining full functionality and returning to daily life and work sooner.

Protecting your rights

Injuries at work often entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits, designed to reduce financial burdens on you during your recovery period. However, not following medical advice could jeopardize your eligibility for these benefits. Insurance companies may argue that your actions contributed to your injury, potentially reducing or denying your compensation. By following medical recommendations, you strengthen your claim for rightful compensation.

Following medical advice may seem tough sometimes, but it can protect you in various ways. By taking proactive steps to address your injury, you safeguard your future and your body. Your boss should create a safe atmosphere for all employees to explore their workers’ compensation rights.