According to the law, an injured worker is expected to do the offered light duty work, when workers comp doctor NJ has released the employee to do such work. Usually the insurance provider pressures the employer to provide the injured worker with light duty work, as they need to pay less in medical benefits and temporary disability income when the employee resumes work soon after the accident.
Issues with Light Duty Work
Workers comp doctor NJ might clear the injured employee to do light duty work, but there are some issues with such assignments and the benefits due to the employee.
- There could be discrepancy in the understanding of the term “light duty” between the employer and the workers comp doctor NJ. For instance, sprain in the lower back is a common injury at a workplace, where employees are doing heavy manual labor. The employer might assign clerical work to the employee, which may seem to be light duty compared to the previous assignment, but can in fact aggravate the condition by sitting on a chair for long hours.
- Even if the employee is able to do the light duty clerical work physically, he may lack the skills for performing such tasks.
- When the employee is receiving an income for light duty work, disputes might arise about income benefits.
- If the employee has returned to work and his condition worsens, there can be problems about again claiming for the same ailment or injury.
Treatment and Maximum Recovery
Workers comp doctor NJ will provide treatment until the employee has recovered to the maximum extent. This means, any further treatment is not going to bring about any change in the condition of the employee, and does not necessarily mean a complete recovery.
When the employee has suffered from an employment related accident, or is suffering from a repetitive stress injury, it is important to undergo the complete treatment course prescribed by the doctor and stay away from work until maximum recovery. The injured employee can ask the doctor, if the assigned light duty tasks are going to interfere with the treatment or delay the recovery.
A Final Step
If the workers comp doctor NJ, clears the injured employee for light duty work, and the employee has physical problems in completing the tasks, then he can again consult the doctor. If the doctor still insists on continuing with the light duty tasks, the employee can appeal to the New Jersey’s Division of Workers Compensation.