Q: I am a teacher that was injured on the job, recieved surgery, and is now having to attend physical therapy 2x/week.
My employer is now demanding that my appointments be all outside of my work hours which takes me away from my own children and causes me more expenses to have to get care for them as I can not be there. They have also stated that the dr adding the restriction of always having an aide in my classroom is unrealistic and or of their control, though I'm supposed to have an aide in my room anyway. They have also said if I have trouble scheduling my appointments at a time better for them that the HR department can call and handle it. If this legal? I feel like I'm being basically bullied at work since the injury.
A: You have several questions that would be better addressed by speaking to a workers' comp attorney. You do have the right to attend a doctor of your choice as long as they are in the ISD network/ association. You can go when the appointment is available and is convenient for your schedule. With that said, I recommend to my clients that they try to accommodate their employer to the extent practicable.
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