About light duty work in Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation?

Light duty in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation becomes an issue when you are released to return to work by your doctor. Many employers in Pennsylvania offer light duty work to stop paying temporary total disability benefits that are costly for their insurance premiums. It is also important to note that employers are not required to offer light duty. What is light duty work? Employers have the right to offer you light duty work that meets your doctor’s work restrictions. That light…

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What happens if I am released to light duty and there is no light duty job?

If you have been released to light duty and your employer refuses to accommodate those restrictions, then your workers compensation wage loss benefits will continue. In a claim that is denied, then the potential liability for workers compensation wage loss benefits continues to accrue against the workers compensation insurance carrier, should your claim petition be granted. Not all employers have light duty. That can be frustrating for an injured worker who wishes to get back to work. Many do. Wage…

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In Pennsylvania, do I have to work light duty when hurt at work?

Under Pennsylvania law, do I have to return to light duty when I am hurt on the job.  Why would an injured worker ask that?  Well, it isn’t that these clients are lazy, not at all.  Many times, an injured worker simply wants appropriate time to recover and heal from the work injury.

Legal ramifications for turning down light duty

Turning down available light duty is not a wise decision and can put workers compensation benefits at risk.  In Pennsylvania, your employer has the right to offer you modified duty employment.  Many employers in Central Pennsylvania do offer light-duty work assignments or alternate work programs. The critical thing to remember is that both the employer and the injured employee must act in good faith in offering and responding to an offer of light-duty work.  Failure to do so can result in a suspension or reduction in you wage loss benefits. (more…)

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