Returning to Work After Injury

Should I return to work light duty? If you are hurt on the job, your doctor may give you work restrictions. If those restrictions prevent you from returning to your normal duties, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To qualify for those benefits, it is important to make sure your doctor certifies disability on the correct forms and for the correct conditions. If the restrictions prevent you from returning to your normal work duties, your employer may offer you light duty work. Light duty work can be an excellent way to maintain your wages as your recover from your...

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Vocational Rehabilitation

Some work-related injuries result in serious and permanent physical or psychological restrictions. In some cases, those permanent restrictions prevent the injured worker from returning to the job they had at the time of their injury. In those cases, temporary total disability benefits are initially available to the injured worker as they receive treatment, but when treatment alternatives are exhausted and significant restrictions still exist, temporary total disability benefits may no longer be appropriate. Vocational rehabilitation is a program through which an injured worker with continued restrictions due to a work-related injury may receive assistance looking for a lighter duty...

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Dealing with a Denial of Treatment

My treatment was denied! What can I do? If you’ve sustained a work-related injury and already have an active workers’ compensation claim, treatment requested by your doctor may still be denied. In many cases, treatment is denied as allegedly being related to physical or psychological conditions that have not yet been recognized as related to your industrial injury. In some cases, plan for care is denied as being excessive or not medically necessary. Regardless of the reason provided for the denial, you have the right to file an appeal for treatment of your workplace injury. There are two main types of employers...

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Light Duty Assignment

Light Duty Restrictions and Related Benefits If you suffered a work-related injury and have restrictions that prevent you from returning to your regular work responsibilities, an employer may ask you to return to work in a light duty position. If the light duty job is clearly defined, offered in good faith, and is within your restrictions, it is often in your best interest to return to work. In some cases, the light duty job pays less than your regular job. In those circumstances, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that partially make up the pre-injury/post-injury difference in pay. That...

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