What’s it mean if my doctor releases me for “light duty” after a Richmond work injury?

A work injury prescribed for light duty means you can go back to work. Whether your former employer will make a job available for you may be an issue, and you might want a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney to investigate the situation.

Dilemmas for a Work Injury Assigned Light Duty

When a doctor releases you for light duty, it can be a good thing. This means your injury is not debilitating and you also may have a positive prognosis for a full recovery.

Your former employer may have a job that fits this criterion or may even modify your former work situation so you can do a limited amount of work. If you do return to your previous employer, make sure they know about the restrictions your doctor has put on you, like no standing for extended periods of time.

A light duty assignment usually means a worker will be paid less than what they earned in their former position. Workers’ Compensation is relied upon to the pay the difference. Unfortunately, many employers will deny having any light duty assignments available so they do not have to pay either wages or Workers’ Compensation benefits.

If faced with a situation like this, you should talk to a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney who can assess your circumstances and advise you of your legal rights.

Call a Richmond Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Workers in Virginia have been relying on the Injured Worker’s Law Firm for over 20 years. Our attorneys will advocate for your rights to fair compensation. Learn more in our free Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, which is available by calling 804-755-7755 or 877-755-7744.

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The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.