Serious Work Injuries May Require Modified Work Duties
When someone gets injured on the job, the company has the right and if it has the ability it could offer light duty. Light duty can be anything as long as it fits within their restrictions. It can be offered and once you go back to that light duty your workers comp benefits may stop, but as long as you’re working light duty you’re still protected and here’s why. Say their plant closes and you’re laid off from that light duty job, the law allows you to go right back on workers’ comp benefits and collect what is called temporary total disability until such time as you’re no longer disabled or they offer you light duty again. Keep in mind that a lot of these companies either don’t have light duty or its just a temporary program. They don’t want you sitting in the office doing nothing for ever, so often we see that they are back temporarily then they are off again.