Does My Employer Have To Offer Light Duty Work?
Have you been hurt on the job? Is your employer telling you that you need to return to work on light duty? Are you unsure whether you are required to return to work before you have fully recovered from your injuries? The workers’ compensation attorneys of The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can provide answers to your questions while protecting your rights under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
In most cases, when you suffer a workplace injury, you will need to take time off work to recover from your injuries. The amount of time you will be out of work will depend on the severity and type of injury. It will also depend on the type of work that you perform. Some employees may not be able to perform their regular duties; however, the employer may be able to provide other work that the employee can perform while recovering from the workplace injury.
What is Light Duty Work?
Light duty work depends on the type of work you perform and your injury. For example, if you work in construction, light duty work may include working in the office at a desk during part of your recovery if you cannot bend, squat, and lift heavy objects. For an employee who works in an office, light duty work may mean reduced hours and modified activities.
Am I Required to Perform Light Duty Work?
In order for you to perform light duty work, your doctor must release you to light duty and provide a statement detailing any restrictions. If the employer cannot accommodate all of the restrictions placed on you by your doctor, you will not be required to perform light duty. However, if your employer offers light duty work that complies with all restrictions set by your doctor, you must take it. Failing to perform light duty work is considered a refusal to work. This could negatively affect your workers’ compensation benefits and award.
How Am I Paid For Light Duty Work?
You are paid your normal salary or hourly wage for light duty work as you are for your regular work. If your hours are limited, you will continue to receive workers’ compensation benefits up to the maximum amount allowed by workers’ compensation (66 2/3 percent of your average weekly earnings prior to the injury). You will not receive less than your weekly benefits amount regardless of whether you perform light duty work or you stay at home until you are fully recovered and you can return to work without restrictions.
Do You Have Questions About Boca Raton Workers’ Compensation Claims?
Florida’s Workers’ Compensation laws can be difficult to understand. You must file specific forms within certain time limits in order to protect your right to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you have been injured at work and you have questions regarding workers’ compensation benefits, we can help.
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. to schedule a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.