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Alabama Workers Compensation Questions Work Restrictions

Alabama Workers Compensation Question: Can my boss make me work outside of the work restrictions my treating doctor gave me? NO.

If you have been hurt at work and given work restrictions by the workers compensation doctor, your employer has two choices: (i) they can either make sure that they accommodate your work restrictions or (ii) they can tell you that they do not have any work available given your restrictions.

In the past few years, it seems to me as though more and more companies are choosing option (i) when possible. If your employer decides to accommodate your physical restrictions, then you have to show up to work and try to do the job they have created. This new position does not have to be a "real" job that is available to others; your employer may choose to have you sit and answer the phone. I have had some clients who were made to sit in a chair all day. Is it a bit humiliating and harassing in nature? Of course it is, and for my clients who are asked to do such tasks-I tell them that being paid 100% of your average weekly wage is better than receiving 2/3rds of it.

If the treating doctor totally takes you off work, or if your employer cannot/will not accommodate your physical restrictions, then you will be entitled to temporary total disability (ttd) benefits. But what do you do when your boss insists that you come to work and do more than the workers comp doctor said you can perform?

If your employer attempts to have you work outside your work restrictions, as always, be polite and respectful to your employer. Chances are good that they simply did not understand the full breadth of your work restrictions. We always tell our client to make sure that when they receive a copy of any work restrictions the company doctor has given them, make two copies, one is delivered to us and one is taken to their employer. If your employer has any questions about your job restrictions, they can always call the doctor and ask for clarification.

If reason doesn't work, then don't hesitate to call and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers' Compensation lawyers at Powell and Denny.

If you or a loved one suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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