If an employee gets hurt on the job, the traditional trajectory of the incident is that they seek medical treatment, recuperate and return to work. During their recuperation period, they may draw workers' compensation benefits that supplement their income.
But sometimes, injured workers can't resume their job duties after an injury. If the damage was severe, they may not be physically able to do the job any longer. Employers must do all that they can to accommodate a returning worker in these situations.
But in some industries, this may not be practical. For instance, if you worked as a bricklayer and were required to bend over repeatedly in order to lay the brick, there may be no suitable light-duty work for you to carry out upon your return to work. Your employer will have had to hire someone to take your place on the crew and that could leave you out of a job.
That, however, does not mean that you are entirely without options. In lieu of being able to return to your former position, you may choose to seek employer-sponsored retraining or a settlement for your work-related injury.
In such situations, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. This is where a Boston workers' compensation attorney can provide insight and clarity into your situation. You will need to get a thorough medical evaluation regarding your ability to return to work in a limited capacity or at all. Once armed with this assessment, you and your attorney can work out the best path to financial compensation after an at-work injury causes you to lose your job.