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None of her options are really great, but here they are. First she can try to go back to her regular position, if it works out then she has a job of course. If it doesn't and she injures herself more, she ends up back on workers compensation possibly with a greater claim for wage benefits if she cannot do the light duty or if it is no longer available. The issue I would have with this is the possibility that the workers compensation insurer accuses her of non-compliance if she tries to go back to work absent doctors advice; this is a possibility but might not eventually come to fruition.
The other option is that she follow doctor's advice and not return. They can legally terminate employment at this time. But, that then triggers a larger portion of wage loss benefits against the workers compensation insurer. She would then be considered non-working,and them drying to dd which 1) means the insurer pays more benefits and cannot claim an offset for light duty and 2) that she must look for work with her medical restrictions and be able to prove the same (that she did look for work) to the agency. To me, option 1 is not worth the chance of exacerbating the injury and losing benefits because 0f not following dr. orders. Option 2 basically will get her terminated, but her benefits will increase as long as she does a work search and submits a good faith effort to submit apps to employers seeking someone with her physical capability.
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