After suffering an injury on the job, you may or may not be able to return to work. While some people may take months or years to heal, others with permanent injuries may never return to work. If you can go back to work but can’t return to your normal job, you may have heard the term ‘light duty’ and are probably wondering how it relates to you.

After suffering a serious workplace injury, you probably have certain physical restrictions. For example, you may only be able to lift a certain amount of weight, or you might not be able to sit or stand for too long of periods. If those restrictions prevent you from doing your regular job, your employer can offer you light duty job assignments with your regular wages. However, if your employer doesn’t have a transitional job or light duty work for you, then your workers’ compensation benefits will continue until you can go back to your regular position.

As workers’ compensation attorneys, Donahoe Kearney will answer your light duty and other workers’ comp questions. Contact our Washington D.C. office today for more information at 202.393.3320 or online at

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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