Light Duty Issues in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Light Duty Issues in Workers’ Compensation Cases

After you have filed your workers’ compensation claim, you may feel pressure to return to work before you are ready. Light-duty issues and Worker’s Compensation cases are not uncommon. Insurance carriers will pressure their doctors to allow workers back to their place of an appointment after an injury. This is because when an employee returns to work early, the insurance company no longer has to pay disability benefits. Light duty may not always be available in your place of employment. What should you do then? Contact Todd Durham Law Firm to get the help that you need.

Returning to Work

When the doctor states that you can’t return to work after an injury, make sure to ask them specifically what you can and cannot do. Some doctors offices only provide employers with vague or in general provisions for light duty. You want a specific list of job duties that you can or cannot perform. That way, if you are asked at your place of employment to perform a task that is outside of your abilities, you can provide them with evidence that they are asking you to do something against medical advice. Talk with your doctor about your work duties including lifting, standing, sitting, and any other activities that you perform on the job.

Not Ready to Return

If you are not ready to return to work, but the doctor is stating that you can’t return to work, you need to speak with an attorney. If you can’t return to work, but only under light-duty, but there are no light duty assignments, You need to talk with an experienced lawyer right away. Don’t wait until you are fired to get legal advice.

If you have been put on my duty after an accident, Talk to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Call (214) 222-4000 at Todd Durham Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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