Burn injuries are serious. They can lead to infections, deformities and other chronic issues with your body. Severe burns range from the most painful to those that leave you without the nerve endings you need to recognize pain.
When you’re at work and exposed to fire, hot items or chemicals that could cause burns, you must take steps to stay safe. Those steps could be anything from wearing appropriate personal protective gear to staying a distance away from hot objects.
After a burn injury, returning to work can be frightening. However, there are many resources that can help you return to work. One benefit offered by workers’ compensation, for example, is training for a new position or job so that you can return to work when you are able.
How do you know when you’re ready to return to work?
There are a few ways that you will start noticing that you are ready to return to work.
- Your medical provider has stated that you are physically capable or safe to return to work
- Your health care provider agrees that you are mentally or psychologically prepared to return to work
- You feel you have the support and guidance to return to the job
- You and your employer have discussed having you return to work and the role you would take on
Not everyone gets to a point where they can return to work, especially with serious burn injuries. However, if you feel you are ready, you may be able to train for a new position away from hot items or be able to return to your old position with new safety steps in place to prevent similar accidents in the future.