California Employment Law
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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
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