Limited to Medium Work
Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers Limited to Medium Work: You were hurt at work, did everything the company doctor told you to do, and now the doctor has stated that you have reached maximum medical improvement (mmi); the doctor also states that as a result of your job injury, you are now limited to medium duty work. What exactly does this mean?
This means that the permanent injury you sustained is not a minor issue and from now on medium duty work is the most you should attempt to perform on a sustained basis. According to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, Medium work is defined as follows: work which requires exerting 20 – 50 pounds of force occasionally (i.e. up to 1/3 of the time), and/or 10-25 pounds of force frequently (up to 2/3 of the time), and/or 10-20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
A large portion of jobs available are classified medium or less, but if the work you have performed prior to your job injury was classified as heavy work (exertion 50-100 pounds of force occasionally, like many constructions jobs, steel workers, iron workers and stocking work), a medium work restriction may leave you without a job and wondering what to do next. In such a situation, if your injury was to a non-scheduled body part, you would then be entitled to vocational consideration-which takes into account your loss of access to jobs in the regional economy given your restrictions, job history, age and education.
Moreover, if you have less than a High School education and have performed heavy work for 35 years of more, a limitation of medium work may entitle you to Social Security Disability benefits.
If you have suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama workers’ compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact Powell and Denny and speak with one of the experienced workers compensation lawyers and schedule a free consultation and let us see if we can help. Appointments are available in person, or virtually through Zoom for your convenience from wherever you live.
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Limited to Medium Work