SHOULD I GO BACK TO WORK?

ANSWER: The answer to this question is similar to the previous one. You should never make any personal decisions based on the fact that you have a potential claim or a lawsuit. If your doctor has released you to go back to work and you believe you are physically, mentally and emotionally able to do so, and you still have a job to go back to, then you should return to work. Certainly, if your doctor has not authorized you to return to work you probably should not do so. If you have been released to return to work but your job causes you pain you have a choice to make. Either you can continue to work which results in an increased claim for pain and suffering or you can stop working which will result in a increased lost income claim if the jury truly believes that you were unable to work. The choice is yours, but we would always recommend that you should work if at all possible as we believe that jurors will be more considerate of people who attempt to work despite pain than those who refuse to work to avoid it. Sometimes employers will keep jobs open and make accommodations for employees they value, but they have no obligation to do so. If your employer has filled your position or has actually fired you because of your accident then this is a factor in your lost income claim, but you should start looking for a new job as soon as possible.