If you are injured while performing services for your Florida employer, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, before your claim is approved, you will likely need to see a doctor of your employer’s choosing. After reviewing your case, that medical professional may determine that you’re ready to go back to work.
What happens if you don’t agree with that assessment?
Generally speaking, an order to return to work stands regardless of how you feel about doing so. If you fail to abide by the order, there is a chance that you won’t be entitled to recover any wages that were lost while out of work. There is also a chance that you’ll strain the relationship that you have with your employer.
You are allowed to seek a second opinion
It’s important to note that you are allowed to seek a second opinion if you disagree with the assertion that your injury isn’t severe enough to keep you off the job. However, it is important that whoever you go to for that opinion comments on the findings of the medical professional who is aligned with the company that you work for. Doing so may make it easier to obtain lost wages for any time that you miss after the first doctor clears you for duty.
You may be placed on light duty
Obtaining clearance to return to work doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to do so without restrictions. The doctor who cleared you may place limits on how many hours you can work or how much you can lift. If you have any concerns about being required to return to your job, it may be a good idea to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney.
An attorney may be able to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is processed in a timely manner. He or she may also be able to make sure that your condition is assessed in an objective manner. If necessary, a legal representative may assist with the process of appealing any decisions made in your case.