Especially if an injury involved broken bones, spinal damage, brain injury, or another debilitating injury, a recovering worker may not be able to drive himself to and from work.

Mental health.

Many people find satisfaction and reward in work. However, an injury can cause a person to perform in a substandard way, and it’s possible his mental and emotional health begins to decline as he struggles to cope with limitations.

Physical limits.

It’s important a recovering employee is cautious after returning to work. This can be frustrating for many whose jobs require physical activity, and it’s possible a worker simultaneously attends physical therapy sessions while transitioning back into work.

Cognitive health.

A traumatic brain injury, for example, is one type of injury that may require the recovering employee to work through complicated neurological problems or processes more slowly or with more difficulty as the brain rebuilds and heals itself.

A worker’s transition back into work will be made easier if he makes sure not to return too soon, receives helpful feedback from coworkers and superiors, and continues to prioritize his health in everyday life.


Robyn K. Factor
Helping Rhode Island personal injury and work injury clients get the results they deserve since 1994.