Q: In a Florida I was injured at work and the doctor put me in light duty and that was not given. I was taking my pain meds
and Drive was arrested for a DUI and consequently fired as a no show. I am unable to get another job due to still no release from the doctor and this is 9 months later. Am I entitled to WC compensation due to not being able to get a job.
A: First I will tell you it’s contrary to your best interest to not have representation in this Worker’s Compensation claim. So my purse recommendation for you is to obtain an attorney. Attorney will fight for you and your rights under Worker’s Compensation law to get the benefits you were entitled to against the employer and the carrier. And attorney like myself and others will be able to determine if the employer has violated any laws associated with your workers compensation claim. If you employer does not have light duty and you were on restrictions and have not reached mmi then you should be paid Disability wages from the Worker’s Compensation insurance carrier. The company does not have a legal requirement to offer you like duty but to the extent they could accommodate you certain employers may have a duty to engage you in a discussion or interactive discussion over the work restrictions and whether your job can be accommodated under the a D a. Consult a lawyer obtain assistance protect your rights.
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