Q: When should I go back to work after I have been injured? Does it "hurt" my claim if I return to work soon after an accident?
It is important that you go back to working full time as soon as your doctor advises or as soon as you are able to do so. So many people receive bad advice from what I call "Aunt Harriet" who tells them that they should not go back to work because they will make their claim worth less money. Nothing could be further from the truth. From my experience, if your case is tried to a judge or jury, it will actually add to the value of your case if you steadily worked before the wreck and get back to work as soon as possible and struggle to work and regain some sense of normalcy in your life. Frankly, most of us have to work to survive and no juror expects anything less from you than to try to get back to work as quickly as humanly possible. Practically speaking, it is pretty difficult to survive without working and having some kind of income.