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Getting back to work following a spinal injury

At Linder Myers, we understand that the desire to work doesn’t change or diminish after you suffer a spinal injury.

Work matters to people. Having the right job can have a positive impact on our overall quality of life, often boosting our happiness and giving us a real sense of wellbeing.

Finding and maintaining work after sustaining such a serious spinal injury can seem a difficult hurdle to overcome, but it is possible. We have outlined a number of options to consider and have provided details of your legal rights and the support available to spinal injury sufferers looking to return to work.

Returning to your previous workplace

If it is possible for you to return to your workplace, whether in your previous role or an alternative position, your employer should carry out an additional risk assessment.

They will identify any potential risks and determine whether any further support or adjustments are required to protect your health and safety at work. You may want to recommend your employer works with an occupational health adviser at this time to ensure the correct action is taken.

The Disability Discrimination Act should protect you from any work-related discrimination at this time. Your employer shouldn’t make assumptions about your capabilities when carrying out the risk assessment and should consult you to determine what works best for both you and the rest of the business, making sure that any action taken is in the best interests of all.

If you do face discriminatory behaviour, Linder Myers solicitors can provide you with all the legal support you need. From advice on your rights, information on your legal options and details on whether you have a case for a legal claim, we can help you to get the issue sorted quickly, so that you can gain access to the justice you deserve.

Looking for a new job

If you would prefer to start a new job, look out for the ‘Two Ticks’ Positive About Disabled People symbol on job adverts. This demonstrates that an employer is committed to working with people with disabilities, and you will be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic requirements.

The Disability Discrimination Act also applies during the recruitment and selection stage, covering many things including:

  • Job descriptions
  • Job advertising
  • Short listing and interviewing arrangements
  • References
  • Terms of employment

You do not need to disclose your disability in your CV, and the employer can only ask questions about your injury and disability that are related to the job once you have been offered a position.

Retraining and further education

If carrying on in your current profession is no longer practical, you may want to retrain and take up a new vocation in order to continue working. There are many different courses available including open learning which gives you the opportunity to study when and where is most practical to you.

Further help and support available

If you would like further advice and guidance on returning to work after a spinal injury, we recommend that you speak with a disability employment adviser, who should be based at your local job centre. They can provide you with an employment assessment and information on programmes and grants including Work Choice, Residential Training and Access to Work.

Contact us for legal advice and guidance

To speak with a legal specialist about any issues or concerns you have following a spinal injury, please feel free to contact Linder Myers on 0161 832 6972 . With solicitors specialising in both medical negligence and employment law, our team is fully equipped to provide you with the help and support you need.


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