What Are Work Restrictions After an Injury?

After receiving medical treatment for a job-related injury, you may have recovered enough to go back work, but still be dealing with some lingering medical issues that prevent you from performing you regular job duties. Your doctor will document your limitations-known as your work restrictions—and your employer will have the option of modifying your job duties so that you can return to work. Click here to see what type of medical benefits is covered in a workers compensation case. 

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How Work Restrictions Are Determined

Your treating doctor will send a report to your claims administrator that describes your medical condition, and clearly states what types of job tasks you must avoid while recovering. These are your work restrictions. Your doctor may also state that you should have a reduced or modified schedule, or that you need certain accommodations in order to return to work. In some cases, your doctor may determine that you cannot work at all while recovering from your injury.

Your employer then has the option to offer you work that aligns with your work restrictions. If your employer does not have the ability to offer you modified work, you may receive supplemental job displacement benefits instead, which can be used to fund vocational training or education that prepares your for a new career. To read about what to do when getting hurt at work click here.


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What to Do if You Disagree With Your Work Restrictions

If you disagree with your doctor’s opinion about your work restrictions, you should either notify your claims administrator within 30 days of the report or consult with your workers’ compensation attorney. You have the right to have a medical evaluation from another doctor, provided that you inform the claims administrator of your disagreement in time.

If your employer is offering you work that seems to violate your work restrictions, you do not have to accept it. You have 30 days to decide before your employer has the right to rescind the employment offer.


However, if you are offered work that aligns with your work restrictions, but you do not wish to accept it, your employer will not be required to offer you supplemental job displacement benefits. If you believe your employer is retaliating against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim, or that you are being discriminated against because of a disability, consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your case.

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