Your employer’s first response to a workplace injury should be
getting you immediate medical attention. Then the goal becomes getting you back
to work quickly and safely.
BWC and managed care organizations (MCOs) share that same goal.
Return to work (and job retention after a return to work) is the goal of every
The following are three return to work scenarios:
Actual Return to Work - the date the injured worker returns to
Vocational Rehabilitation Considerations -
the injured worker has returned to the workplace but may be participating in a
vocational rehabilitation plan. These types of plans include:
On-the-job training plan;
Transitional work program;
Gradual return to work services;
Released to Return to Work - the date the injured worker is released
by their physician of record (POR) to return to employment (restricted or
unrestricted), but has not actually returned to work.
Rehabilitation Considerations - the injured worker may have been released to
participate in a vocational rehabilitation plan such as: job search/job seeking
skills training or retraining.
Other Considerations- injured
worker is released to return to work with restrictions but work is not available
within the restrictions. He/she may still be entitled to compensation.
Estimated Return to Work - the anticipated date the injured worker
may be able to return to employment.