Allentown, PA asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania

Q: Still doing reguler position after ordered light duty?

Ive worked at a warehouse for about 8 months.. Im resposible for loading a conveyer belt by picking up boxes all night long. I started to experience back pain that had gotten worse & worse.

I went to the human recourses department of the warehouse and reported I was feeling back pain that felt like it could turn into something serious if I didnt rest my back. They ordered that I would be put on light duty and I was to not be picking up any boxes. ( they told me this at 7 am in the morning after my shift was over) they said when I went in that follwoing night, that everyone on my shift would be aware about it. When I went into work my supervisor said he didnt know anything about it and told me to just do what I could do. I was on the same position the rest of the week. I called out of work last night because im mot going to keep hurting myself. what happens when you are ordered light duty and they make you work your position amyway?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Hazleton, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: First, if you feel your back problem is related to your job duties you need to report it to your employer as a work injury and fill out an accident report. Your employer should also provide you with a list of at least 6 doctors to choose from so that you can receive medical treatment. If the doctor provides you with restrictions, make sure you keep a copy of the restrictions so that you can show them to your supervisor. If your employer is unwilling to comply with work restrictions related to a work injury, you may be entitled to wage loss benefits

Second, contact a local workers' compensation attorney. The initial consultation is always free, and they can help you navigate the workers' compensation system.

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