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Why You Should Return to Work

Know the top 3 reasons to work light-duty

Prescription form reading light-duty job
  1. Continue to earn wages. Time-loss only pays 60-75% of your lost wages. Returning to work helps preserve your earning power.
  2. Recover faster. Being back in the workplace can improve both your physical and mental health.
  3. Keep your job secure. A continued relationship with your employer is important in this economy. Studies show that the longer you are off work, the harder it is to get back to your original job and wages.

We understand some injuries are so severe you can't go back to work right away. With most injuries, however, an early and medically-approved return to work makes sense.

Returning to work as quickly as possible is a team effort between you, your doctor, and your employer. Stay in touch with them. L&I will provide assistance when you need it.

Pamphlet: Getting Back to Work: It's Your Job and Your Future

Did you know?

We will reimburse your employer 50% of your base wages if they are able to find an eligible light-duty job for you. We will also cover expenses such as training and tools related to the light-duty job. More on eligibility and what your employer can get reimbursed for at

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