Sometimes, when your workers’ compensation doctor has you out of work, the employer, adjuster or the nurse case manager (NCM) will contact the doctor who has you out of work and convince him to let you work a light duty job. Sadly, this often happens without you knowing anything about it!
If your doctor has given you a note that says you are not to be working and then you get a call about returning to work, you need to contact your doctor IMMEDIATELY! You need to contact the doctor to get some clarity on what your true work status really is.
If the doctor has changed your out of work note to state that you can work light duty (this does happen often), you need to get a copy of this so you have a full understanding of what it is you can and can’t do and to confirm that you are to return to work on a light duty status. The other reason to contact the doctor immediately is because if you truly have been given a light duty release and do not return to work, your benefits could be terminated and you could lose your job for job abandonment – this is a HUGE mess for injured workers and should be avoided if at all possible!
If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia workers’ compensation system, order my book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” by clicking this link, or call our office today (804) 755-7755.