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OhioBWC - Basics:  Return to Work

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Return to Work

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 rehabilitation plan.

The following are three return to work scenarios:

  • Actual Return to Work - the date the injured worker returns to employment.
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:
  • Employer incentive;
  • On-the-job training plan;
  • Transitional work program - Transitonal work is a plan in returning injured workers to their job as soon as safely possible before the worker is 100 percent recovered. Workers are offered personalized job accommodations that use real job duties for a specified time period to gradually return to your original job;
  • Gradual return to work services;
  • Work trial.

  • 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.
    Vocational 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.