Only if the physician you are seeing for your injury tells you the job is safe to perform in your condition. You should alert your physician if you feel unable to work and follow his or her advice to protect your physical health. Explain to your physician in detail what your job duties require and why you feel you are unable to perform those duties. There is a substantial amount of case law and several rules that govern the return-to-work process. This is a critical part of your workers’ compensation case that can seriously impact your claim and your ultimate financial recovery. Consulting an attorney regarding these issues is highly recommended before you make decisions about return to work.