After a work injury, you may not be able to return to your job in the same capacity as prior to the injury. Your doctor will determine your work restrictions and provide them to your employer before you can go back to work. If you return to work without restrictions and find that you cannot perform your job, your employer must allow you to leave work to see a doctor and obtain work restrictions.
Light Duty Work Restrictions
Many people have temporary "light duty" or "return to work" restrictions that allow them keep their jobs and perform lighter tasks temporarily while healing from their injuries. However, some people who have permanent work restrictions after a serious injury may not be able to return to their jobs at all if their employers do not have work that they can perform on a permanent basis.
What if I can't do my job?
After a workplace injury, if you can't perform your previous work, your employer must provide you light duty work. If your employer cannot make accommodations or provide you with an alternate assignment, you are entitled to wage claim benefits. Your employer cannot fire you for claiming a work injury or make you perform work outside of your restrictions.
Should I tell my supervisor I have work restrictions?
Yes, tell your supervisor about your work restrictions in a way that is documented. Sending an email is a good form of documentation. Make sure to include the date that you returned to work and notified your employer of the restrictions and your employer's response. For example, if you employer ignored your work restrictions and asked you to perform work outside of the restrictions, include this information.
What should I do if I'm having trouble performing tasks under light duty restrictions?
If your employer is accommodating your light duty restrictions and you are following them, and you are still having trouble performing the alternate work, it is important to contact your doctor. He or she may need to revise your work restrictions.
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