You’ve Been Asked to Return to Work Before You Are Ready
If the company-approved doctor that you have seen following your work-related injury has suggested that you are ready to return to work, you must consider whether or not you are in agreement with him or her. If you do not agree that you are ready to return, either for full or light duty, due to the fact that you still feel discomfort, you are still participating in physical therapy or you are still taking medication due to your injury, you may need to contact an attorney to help you address this matter.
It is important to remember that the company-approved doctor is working with your employer’s insurance carrier, and may be seeking a return to the status quo too early so that your worker’s compensation benefits can either be reduced or terminated.
In order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, an injured employee must be under the care of a physician who has approved of his or her disability leave. A workers’ compensation attorney can work with your employer’s insurance carrier to allow you time to be examined by another company-approved workers’ compensation doctor to assess your status and allow the continuation of your benefits until you are fully ready to return to work.
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