Being injured on the job can be a very traumatic experience. In order to get the compensation you need and deserve to cover your medical expenses, worker’s compensation claim must be filed. Once you have filed a claim and are on the mend from your injuries, you may start hearing a lot about temporary partial disability (TPD). When you start to hear these terms, asking questions is a good idea. Refusing TPD offered by your employer can lead to a number of problems like you losing your worker’s compensation benefits. Below are some of the things you need to know about light duty work in Florida.
Know What Temporary Partial Disability Is
The first thing you have to figure out when offered light duty work is what it is. Temporary light duty work is an arrangement that will help you get back in the swing of things after an injury. By law, you cannot be fired due to injuring yourself on the job. This is why many employers work hard to offer injured employees the chance to get back to work via light duty tasks. In some cases, the extent of your injuries will require you to be put on permanent light duty work. Working with your lawyer is the best way to figure out what type of light duty work is best for you and your medical condition.
The Advantages of Temporary Partial Disability
Many studies show that going back to work on a light duty basis is a great way to speed up your recovery. If the employer is really trying to work with you to get you back in the swing of things, putting forth effort is needed.
Once you get back into your old routine, you may be amazed at the way you feel. If any part of your light duty work routine starts to cause you problems, you will need to speak with your employer and physician. The last thing you want to do is to worsen the injuries due to a lack of communication or the failure of your employer to follow the work restrictions your doctor stated were necessary. Also, if you feel as if you are being given light duty tasks to humiliate you or make you quit your job, then you need to reach out to your lawyer. They will be able to let you know what type of rights you have in this situation.
Why Should You Participate in Light Duty Work?
There are many laws in place that allow an employer to fire a worker who refuses to take the light duty work they offer them. Losing your medical coverage and worker’s compensation benefits can be very hard to deal with. Digging in and getting back to light duty work will allow you to keep your benefits and get back to your old routine in no time.
Contact Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton at (904) 398-2212 for help with your Florida worker’s compensation claim. Once we hear the details of your case, we can tell you what your best course of action is.
Hardesty, Tyde, Green & Ashton serves Duval, Clay, St John, Nassau, Baker and Putnam Counties from our offices in Jacksonville and Jacksonville Beach.