If you were injured on the job, your doctor, your employer and Texas Mutual want to help you to return to productive work as soon as medically reasonable. For the return-to-work process to work, however, you must play an active role.

What's in it for you?

  • Heal sooner. Research shows that working is an important part of the healing process.
  • Steer clear of the disability mindset. The longer your are off work, the less likely you are to return to productive employment. After six months, you have only a 50 percent chance of rejoining the workforce.
  • Maintain your pre-injury income. Workers' compensation benefits replace only a portion of your lost wages.

If you miss work due to an on-the-job injury:

  • Cooperate with your doctor. Attend your appointments, and follow your treatment plan.
  • Communicate with your employer. Keep your employer updated on your recovery. Tell them if you need extra help recovering and returning to work.
  • Be open to alternative work. You might not be able to do your regular job immediately after a workplace injury. If not, your doctor could release you to perform alternative work while you recover. If your employer makes a bona fide offer of employment that meets your doctor's restrictions and you refuse, you might lose your workers' comp income benefits.

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