Well, if your employer has WC insurance, then you should also receive partial pay for missed time at work. You will need to speak to their WC insurance carrier or the HR/industrial safety
person about that. In Texas, employers can also be self-insured for WC so there is no way for me to guess what the situation is with your employer, so you need to ask. That said, I am still not sure who this "contractor" is? If you mean someone that is working for the employer as a contract employee
, then you cannot sue them. The reason I say that is because of the way WC laws are written. They are what is considered a "no-fault" law. That means that employers must pay for work related injuries no matter if the employee or the employer is at fault. In exchange for these types of laws, the legislatures make it the exclusive cause of action for workplace injuries. Meaning there is no ability to "sue" for the injury.
However, in very rare cases, where an outside company is responsible (for example they made defective equipment that was used in the workplace and responsible for the injury, or an outside company's employee intentionally injured the employee in their workplace) there might be a cause of action against a third party. Even if there is though, the employer has a right to recoup any money from the lawsuit that they spent for the worker's injuries. This is very complicated and ultimately you will want to speak to a local personal injury attorney who can actually take a look at all of the facts and working relationships, contracts, etc., to see if you even have a third party to sue.
But in any event, you going back to work will not effect your right to sue anyone. My guess is that this other person you spoke to is implying that if you milk this injury with a longer recovery time and more doctor visits, then you will get more money. But that is not necessarily the case. So, if you are able to return to work, then you should consider doing so that you can retain your job. I say that because you are not eligible for job protection under FMLA
yet since you have not worked for the employer long enough and they could, if they choose, let you go for attendance issues if you do not have sick leave accrued. So, that is something to keep in mind when making your decision about returning to work.
Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can.