Workers comp going against doctors note..?

by admin on October 23, 2010

I severely damaged my thumb at work due to a workplace accident, I was brought to the ER and got it stitched and the bone placed back where it should and given 2 weeks off work with a note, and a 2 week follow up appointment.
I went for my follow up appointment and the xrays showed the same thing as it did as day one, meaning no healing has occurred yet. So the doctor gave me another 3-6 weeks of respite and then AT THAT TIME ONLY, one handed duties could be considered POSSIBLY (his exact note words)
Right now im only 1 week into the 3-6 week period and workers comp calls me today and tells me to go back to work this monday…. like what the hell I still have a completely fractured thumb and it hurts all the time… Is it legal for them to force me back to work when I have a MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL telling me elsewise?

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{ 3 comments }

lcr000 October 23, 2010 at 7:19 am

a Dr.s note is ADVICE not law no one is required to follow his advice, if the have light duty and you refuse you could lose your benefits and be terminated

GJSmitty1 October 23, 2010 at 7:19 am

Yes, you go back to work with your doctors note and you perform one handed duties and quit whining.

Russ October 23, 2010 at 7:19 am

Whoa there Little Doggie. Workman’s Compensation Bureau didn’t call you, the provider of workers compensation INSURANCE for your employer called you. If you go back, shame on you. It will end your claim and your healing time. Go into work with your doctors records, all of them. Ask your boss or HR department if they need copies or any information. Tell them (remind them) that your doctors orders are to aid in your healing and your are reluctant to return against doctors orders. the, before the day is over, find a decent attorney that specializes in workers comp cases. You are being fired if you know it or not. Typical ploy, no worry. Your attorney will walk you through it. It may be you are hurt more than the company paid for doctor is telling you. Your attorney will know a doctor that will tell you the truth. Don’t play with this or you may find yourself unemployed with an existing injury that inhibits finding new employment. See an attorney!

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