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Are you a for cause employee or an at will employee?
You can give notice without returning to work, however, as an at will employee your employer can choose to terminate your employment. While your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for filing a workers compensation claim they can state that they do not have to honor the two weeks.
The reason to give a two weeks notice is to get a good recommendation for a future employer.
In your situation, you may want to consider simply telling them that you are no longer going to be able to come back to work.
If you want to put them in the best possible place, you can inform them that you are unsure if you will return and can give them an exact answer on the 7th when you find out more from your doctor.
Since I'm already hired. would it be in my best interest to just give notice upon my return?
Yes it would.
Because then if you do get fired you will not be without pay
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