WHEN TO RETURN TO WORK

Your out of work and receiving medial treatment, you are temporarily totally disabled, but your doctor says you can return to work or your employer calls you to return to work. Do not return unless and until form WC-240 has been issued in your case. WC-240 will allow you to return to “light duty”.

WC-240: “NOTICE OT EMPLOYEE OF OFFER TO SUITABLE EMPLOYMENT”: This is a formal notice to you that your employer has available a job that you can do within your medical restrictions allowed by your doctor. It will describe the light duty job description, the date and time, and place that the job will be available, and a copy will be provided to this office if you have signed a retainer and we are representing you. The form must be served at least ten days prior to the date you are expected to return to work.

If you are unwilling to return to light duty your benefits will likely be cut off until you agree to return to work. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation can determine that your refusal is justified and your wage loss benefits will be restored.

If your employer tries to make you do a job that is not as described in the WC-240 you do not have to do the job and your refusal will not stop your wage loss benefits.

If you are performing your light duty job for 14 days and cannot perform it because of your injury your compensation your wage loss benefits could be restored.

TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PROPER ADVICE FILE A CLAIM