We had an employee who was injured on the job after having crawled outside of a security ladder. He fell and sprained his ankle. We have certified his medical claim with workman's comp as we fully expect him to get all of the care he needs to recover.
This accident happened on a Friday. The following Monday he showed up at the office to speak with the manager and let him know he would be taking some time off and going to more doctor appts. At that time he was told that this is fine, but we need to know
as soon as he can return to work as well as we would need a doctors note stating his time off and return to work date. he was told we had plenty of light duty things for him to work on. After 5 days of being off, he returned to the office for light duty work
and when he had no Drs note was told he had to go home until he could provide a Dr note saying he could return to work. After 8 days he returned and provided all of his doctor's notes, which stated he was able to work immediately that Monday following the
accident, so none of his time off was doctor directed. We feel as though if we certify a wage loss
claim we are supporting a fraudulent claim since we wanted him back to work and he had no Doctor note for the time off. Additionally are we setting a legal precedent
for not writing him up for the breaking company policy of taking 3+ days off without a doctor's note? Again we want him to get all of the medical care he needs but the lost wages
doesn't feel right.