Q: Can I return to work, different/same position, while waiting to see a doctor? Or while waiting to be approved?
I hurt my shoulder last year on the job, massage therapy. I had surgery for it and returned to work. Didn't file. This year I reinjured the same shoulder and started to file the claim. My dr won't see me until the claim is approved because of billing. And my adjuster needs previous medical records before they can review the claim and accept or deny. Can I return to work in the same position or a different one in the mean time? Or will this cause me to be denied? Even though I can't be treated by my dr right now.
A: If you can work, you should always work. Of course, you don't want to further injure your shoulder. The issue may be whether this is a continuation of your prior injury to your shoulder or a new injury. You should seek legal advice from an attorney who specializes in Virginia Workers' Compensation law.
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