When you go back to work after recovering from your workplace injury, you may not have the ability to perform the same job duties. Are you worried about how you will make ends meet if you can't do your job anymore? Under Minnesota workers' compensation law, you have rights to receive restricted duties and/or wage loss benefits.
To discuss your specific situation with an experienced attorney free of charge, call attorney Gerald W. Bosch of Bosch Law Firm, Ltd. Based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, he serves injured workers throughout Minnesota. Call him today at 800-355-6503 or 651-243-2877 to arrange a free consultation.
Work Restrictions FAQs
What if I can't do my job at all?
If the effects of your workplace injury prevent you from doing your job, your employer is required to make reasonable accommodations to provide you with a different assignment. If your employer cannot feasibly provide you with a lighter duty job, you are entitled to wage loss benefits. Your employer cannot force you to do work that is beyond your restrictions, or fire you for refusing to do so.
How should I tell my employer about my work restrictions?
If you told your doctor that your injury is work related, your doctor should complete a Report of Work Ability (RWA) form for your employer and its insurance carrier. This details your necessary work restrictions, and it is very important to ensure that your doctor submits this form. You should also provide your employer with documentation of your work restrictions. Consider sending an email, and including the date of your return to work and the date of the notification. Save this email and your employer's response.
What are "light duty" work restrictions in Minnesota?
Temporary light duty restrictions are common when people return to work after an occupational injury. This allows you to maintain your employment, while doing lighter tasks as you continue to recover from your injuries. In some cases involving more serious injuries, workers return to work with permanent restrictions. In this case, you would only be able to return to your job if your employer has a permanent light duty assignment for you.
What if I am having trouble even on "light duty"?
Limitations are not always clear until you test them. If your employer complied with your doctor's light duty orders, and you are having trouble with your new assignment it is important to see your doctor again. Do not jeopardize your health by continuing to do tasks that cause you pain or further injury. Your physician may need to revise your work restrictions.
Get Your Questions Answered. Contact Bosch Law Firm, Ltd.
If you have questions about returning to work and your employer's legal obligations, schedule a free legal consultation with lawyer Gerald W. Bosch. With over 20 years of experience, Mr. Bosch has obtained many successful results for a variety of injured workers. Call him today at 800-355-6503 or 651-243-2877, or send an email, to arrange a free consultation to discuss your specific situation.