Returning to Work | Your Guide to Workers’ CompOn February 14, 2020 by Raul Dinwiddie
Hi, my name is Kelly and I’m with the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers’ Compensation. One of the main goals of the Division of Workers’ Compensation is to help employees who are hurt on the job get back to work. Return to work is a responsibility that employers, employees, health care providers, insurance carriers, and the Division share. Return to work programs help employees who are hurt on the job to get better more quickly. The longer you are away from work, the harder it is for you to get back to work at all. If you are off of work too long, you could
lose physical strength or your health could get worse. There may be changes happening at work. If you are staying home you could lose important job skills while you are out. There are other benefits to returning to work. Research shows that injured employees who return to work need less medication and medical treatment. If you return to work, you may be able to
earn money while keeping employer paid benefits like your health insurance. You may also be able to earn workers’ compensation income benefits while you work if you aren’t making as much as you were paid before your injury. For example, you may be able to get partial Temporary Income Benefits if your employer gives you different work to do but doesn’t
pay you as much money as you made before you were hurt. To make sure you can successfully return to work, there needs to be communication between you, your employer, the doctor, and the insurance company. For example, if a doctor says there are some things you cannot do at work because of your injury, the doctor needs to tell your employer so your employer can find jobs that you might be able to do. If an employer is not able to find work you
can do, then the insurance company needs to know. The insurance company might increase the amount of money you are getting to replace the money you’ve lost because of your injury. For more information on the benefits of return to work, go to tdi.texas.gov/wc/employee, or call our customer service number for more information at 800-252-7031, option 1.