If you are returned back to work full duty your Georgia workers’ comp weekly checks will stop. However if you are released to light, restricted or modified work duty, and your employer can not accommodate your work restrictions you should continue to receive weekly checks. If on the other hand you are released to light, restricted or modified work duty and your employer has work for you, the likelihood is that the employer will file documents to bring you back to work. If you do not show up for work you likely will have your weekly checks suspended or cut off.
If you show up for work and you can not perform the light, restricted or modified work duties then you will likely need to advise your supervisor and return as promptly as possible to your doctor and let them know the problems you have performing the duties he/she has put in place. Typically speaking they will modify the work duties and you will return to work. However the employer may decide that they can no longer accommodate your restrictions.
Employers will have to decide if they 1) have work within your work restrictions; and 2)if they want you back at work.
Clearly a lot depends upon the work restrictions you are given and your relationship with your employer. If you have specific questions you are always encouraged to contact a Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer.
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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