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Returning to Work

Returning to work safely and promptly after a work-related injury can help in your recovery.  It can also help you avoid financial losses from being off work.  If you are hurt on the job, several people will work with you to help return you to work as quickly as possible.  These people include:

  • Your authorized treating physician;
  • Your employer (supervisors or others in management);
  • Your insurance claims adjuster; and,
  • Your attorney, if you have one.

Who determines if I can work while I am recovering?

Your physician will report about your ability to return to work to your claims adjuster. You may receive an offer to return to regular duty or light duty depending on what the doctor's report says.  If you are not offered work due to your disability, you may be entitled to disability benefits.  Click here to learn more about disability benefits.


What should I do if I am offered work?

If your employer offers you work within the limits described by your physician, you should return to work.  Failure to comply with your doctor’s recommendations will place your benefits at risk.

If you are unable to return to work due to the limits described by your physician, it is important that everyone stay in close contact throughout the process.   You should actively communicate with your treating doctor, your employer, and the claims administrator about:

  • The work you did before you were injured;
  • Your medical condition and the kinds of work you can do now; and,
  • The kinds of work your employer could make available to you or whether your job duties can be changed during your recovery.

Need More Help?

If you have additional questions, please call 615-532-4812 or 800-332-2667 or contact us by email at wc.info@tn.gov. Find out about other available assistance programs by contacting an ombudsman