Before going back to work, the doctor can put you on light duty. Basically he gives you restrictions that say you can do some activities but not everything your job requires.
Did you know that sometimes light duty can actually help you recover more quickly, and get you back to work in shorter time? See how light duty can help you here.
But, what if your employer doesn't have light duty? What should you do? Remember, light duty means that you're at work performing some duties (not the full duties of your job) and you are being paid accordingly. Also, remember, if you are earingin less money, your workers' comp checks should be coming in as well while you're on light duty.
Here's how it works: if you're making less money on light duty because you are working less hours or can't do overtime like you used to, your workers comp benefits would be 2/3 of the difference between your wages at the time you got hurt and the new light duty job. These benefits are called Temporary Partial Disability benefits
Light duty doesn't stop you from getting your disability benefits, but it you're offered light work duty work within your restrictions and you turn it down, the workers comp insurance company can stop your benefits.
And if your company doesn't offer light duty work, they have to continue to pay yor full workers compensation rate.
Many construction companies do not have light duty in the trade. So even though a doctor may say you can return to some work, until you are cleared to return to full duty, your workers comp benefits should continue at the full rate.
Workers' comp check coming late? Click here to see what to do. We know that just because the workers' compensation check come in late, doesn't mean that you can pay your bills laterA so here's the answer to another common question involving workers comp benefits and light duty.
Still not sure? It's a complicated and confusing system that favors insurance companies. Just give our office a call at 202-393-3320. We make time to answer questions about work injuries in D.C. Maryland and Va every week and we'd love to hear from you.