Typically speaking when you are released to light duty, your employer has a decision to make. Do they have light duty work? This is a decision for the employer. We have seen on multiple occasions where there was no light duty work due to the nature of the job, however the employer created a light duty job to return the claimant or employee back to work and off of workers compensation.
If the employer presents the proper documentation you should return back to work and attempt to work within your light duty limitations your doctor has provided for you. If in returning to work you have problems performing the task your doctor says you can do, you should return back to your doctor immediately. You will need to be specific with what you can and can not do and theoretically your doctor should adjust your light duty restrictions so that you do not re-injure yourself.
If on the other hand the employer does not have light duty work, you will then continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits but you are required to look for and make a diligent job search effort within your work duty restrictions. Why should you look for work? Well if you remain on permanent light duty you may not be able to return to your former employment. However workers’ compensation does not provide for you to continue receiving workers’ compensation weekly checks if you are able to perform some type of light duty work. Therefore you have a duty to seek work within your light duty restrictions.
Light duty return to work matters can get complicated quickly. If you have specific questions you should always reach out to a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
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