Q: injured my knee at work, fell down on ice taking trash to dumpster
I now have a Dr. that put me on light duty, I work in a body shop, Dr said light duty should be something that I could do sitting in a chair, Dr doesn't want me to stress my knee any more and if there is nothing that I can do then Dr said I need to go home and not to injure it more than it is, injury is a month old, I have a comp claim and is being looked at by insurance co, my boss doesn't like that idea, I would rather go home and take care of my knee, boss wants me to work on cars, what should I do ?
A: If you don’t follow your doctor’s advice the insurance company will argue your problems are from your own doings and therefore any disability is not something they should have to pay for. Meanwhile the employer is looking for a reason to fire you. This is what Iowa’s Republican controlled legislature unvisioned when they modified Iowa’s Workers’ Compensation Program for all injuries occurring after July 1, 2017. You’re between a rock and a hard spot with no good answers. This is what voting for the Republican legislators has done. The land mines are all around you and they just keep burying more. So what should you do? Probably follow your doctor’s advice. Get the restrictions in writing, keep a copy for yourself, give a copy to your employer and one copy to that high-prices spy they call a nurse case manager. Keep in mind I don’t know you age, general health, job sounds like a mechanic, have not read the doctor’s orders and know hardly anything about the strength of your case. Good luck!
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