Good afternoon, I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today. While you are out on a workers' compensation injury, you are not obligated to return to work unless you get either a release to work, or a qualified release with limitations on what you can do and based on your physical condition. If you choose to you can take your employer up on their offer, but you don't have to. And your employer would be taking a big risk by bringing you back before you are cleared to work because the chance of re-injury would be that much greater. If you feel that you can try to do the job, and you would like to, then you may do so. Otherwise, if you don’t feel that you can do what is asked of you, then it would be a mistake to try and either reinjure yourself, or not be able to do the job and have your employer somehow punish you for failing to do your job. You may reply back to me again if you have additional questions, and I will continue to assist you. I wish you the best in your future, Doug
I live in Louisiana. Does that change anything?
Still there? Thank you for your prompt answer to my first question
Good afternoon, Sure, I'm still here. And I will be here as long as you have more questions. No, the fact that you are in the state of LA won't make a difference. The workers compensation system there is similar. You won't ruin your present claim by trying to go back to work early. All that will happen is that your temporary disability payments will have to end as soon as you return. If you go back, notify your adjustor immediately so that you are not paid for time that you are back at work. You may reply back to me again if you have additional questions, and I will continue to assist you. I wish you the best in your future, Doug
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).