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Car accident advice

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by allotmentlady, Nov 19, 2019.

  1. allotmentlady

    allotmentlady New commenter

    I was in a car accident last week. Not the best timing because I have a number of a A level classes.
    I am suffering from shock
    I want to return to light duties but I’m not sure who coordinates this.
    What’s the best approach
  2. Weald56

    Weald56 Established commenter

    Sorry to hear this.

    Speak to your line manager (HoD or DHT in Secondary, I'd suggest). But be clear what you want - 'light duties' might mean different things to different people.
  3. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Star commenter

    Right.... Be bloody careful about rushing back too soon. I had a year 11 GCSE group when I was involved in a bad accident (hit at 103mph by an XJS Jag braking on spotting a stationary police car so he lost control, hurtled up the embankment to go airborne a la James Bond and hot poor me trundling down the slip road about to join the M way!) As my group were not being well looked after ...... I went back to school... not a good idea when teaching PE and with back and neck whiplash for which I continued to have treatment. It affected my claim against the driver (convicted of dangerous driving) and I received the 'grand sum of £2,100...... just great when you consider I still feel the back issue and the accident actually caused great trauma! etc etc
  4. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    completely and totally irrelevant - this should not come into your calculations what so ever. Your health first and foremost.
  5. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    You need to ask your school for a referral to occupational health.
    mothorchid and sbkrobson like this.
  6. Yoda-

    Yoda- Lead commenter

    I would visit your GP. You obviously have a problem and need help. Do not rush back to work.
    sbkrobson likes this.
  7. IanG

    IanG Occasional commenter

    I assume that you have filled in a self certification for a week? From your post you don't mention any physical injuries, only that you suffering from shock (not that this is any less serious!). If you feel that you're not ready to return then you need to see GP and follow their advice. From a school point of view a referral to OH is not appropriate at this time nor is a 'return to light duties' as I struggle to see how this could work in practice. A conversation along the lines of 'I am still in shock from the accident, but willing to work a reduced timetable/I could just to the A level class' will raise eyebrows and cause more headaches to the school.

    Hope you feel better soon.
  8. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Not sure what constitutes 'light duties' in your school, so it's hard to say.
    Either the person who organises cover, HR or your line manager.
    Maybe email and copy all of them in to it?
  9. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit Occasional commenter

    Your school might not allow you back until you are fully fit

    After I had an injury, I went to work and was told by the Head to go home because, if I had an accident on school premises and aggravated the injury, I might not be covered by the school insurance
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  10. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    The school should not enter into a discussion on your say so. Two of the above posts highlight why, namely that you could feasibly overestimate your abilities and leave them liable to accusations of causing you more health issues, and that you require independent assessment from Occupational Health as a matter of procedure and also to address the previous point.
    More cynically, an Occupational Health assessment is useful for yourself should they want to question the veracity of this or if they conduct a performance review in the period of lighter duties.

    Personally my take would be to get signed off as unfit for work until better altogether, if your GP agrees. This does not preclude you doing bits and pieces for work at home if you feel like it, but the school are not allowed to require this of you.
    If you personally want to return to work as a distractor from the level of shock you still feel-don't. Find something else which gets you out of the house where you have a get out clause if you need it eg go and read in a cafe, meet people you know, go for a walk.
    Im not a specialist-these are just suggestions based on the way you asked your question, but then you don't give much detail....
    CWadd and Piranha like this.
  11. venny414

    venny414 New commenter

    Your health is infinitely more important than your A level classes.

    Although, from experience, I would tread carefully. As a HoD I recommended to the HoF that a staff member in my department come back to work on light duties for a while whilst she found her feet again. The member of staff in question was very keen on this idea as was I. My HoF's response was 'If she's not a got sick note then a GP thinks she's fit enough for work.'

    She was forced to resume her full timetable and was signed off again within the week. Lose lose for everyone.

    Do absolutely and wholeheartedly whatever YOU think is best for yourself. Don't rush into anything.
    Weald56 likes this.
  12. teapot24

    teapot24 New commenter

    Don't rush back to work. I am recovering from an op and intend to go back only when I am fully fit otherwise I could end up making myself worse. If you are not able to go about your normal life outside of work then you are not fit to return to work yet.
  13. peakster

    peakster Star commenter

    I had a big car accident in 2006 - guy came out of nowhere at high speed and smashed my car to smithereens and wrote it off. He pursued me relentlessly through the court system for several years and I ended up being charged by the police even though it really wasn't my fault.

    Stupidly I went in the day after the accident even though I was in no fit state to teach.

    I wouldn't do that again.

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