Has your recent work injury led to depression?
Recently, you suffered an injury while on the clock. Thankfully, your Minnesota employer worked with you on your workers’ compensation claim, but you still need to take time off to recover enough to return to work. Depending on your mindset, injury, recovery time and several other factors, you could find yourself growing depressed.
SFM provides tips on how you can cope with your depression and help your mind heal along with your body. Find out whether you should consider requesting compensation for your current state of mind.
Ask your employer about a return-to-work program
Your employer could have a system in place to help you ease back into work. Even though you may not feel 100%, you could carry out duties that are not as physically or mentally demanding as your old position. Finding a way to contribute to the company is beneficial to injured employees and employers alike.
Contact HR about an assistance program
Your company could have resources for employees in your situation. Reach out to an HR representative and ask about an assistance program. Talking to a mental health professional can help you get to the true root of your depression; it could be deeper than just your inability to work.
Keep in contact with your employer
While healing, contact your employer to let them know how you are coming along in your recovery. See if there is any company news you need to know, or if there is anything you can do to better ensure you have a position waiting for you when you feel ready to get back to work.
This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.