When Should You Return to Work After an Accident?
When Should You Return to Work After an Accident?

If you have suffered an injury from a car accident, you will likely have to take some time off of work to recuperate. How much time you will need off will depend on what kind of injuries you sustained and how severe they are. If you are filing a personal injury claim for your injuries, you might be wondering if returning to work will affect your case.

Will Returning to Work Impact your Personal Injury Case?

When it comes to returning to work after an accident, the most important thing is to heed your doctor’s advice. If your doctor has not cleared you to return to work, you should not go back to work. You may risk worsening your condition. Only return to work once you have been medically cleared to do so.

As far as your personal injury case goes, you should not have anything to worry about as long as you are following your doctor’s advice. Return to work as soon as it is safe for you to do so. Failing to return to work once you are able to could reflect negatively on you, as you have a duty to mitigate your damages. This means that you have an obligation to minimize your losses resulting from your injury. Waiting to go back to work once you have been medically cleared to work can be seen as incurring damages that could reasonably be avoided, which can hurt your case.  

“Going back to work too early might make the patient’s condition worse, but neglecting to go back to work after a doctor has suggested it is safe can hurt the patient’s case. It is important for personal injury victims to first and foremost follow the advice of their doctor,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, El Centro, and Yucca Valley, and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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