Q: If workers comp doc clears me and my doc says I need light duty for 2 more weeks, can I appeal?
I hurt my back, and it is all muscular spasms and pain. The workers comp doc didn't even give a decent assessment and kept telling me to be quiet as I was trying to answer his questions. I have been working light duty, not missing work, just not able to work in my dept. I feel I was treated very badly at that doctors visit. Now I am being yelled at by my boss that I should have returned on the day of my apt as that is when I was cleared. I still have received no notice of this but my occupational health dept did. I just got a letter to extend out my light duty for 2 more weeks by my doctor. My job is saying workers comp overrides them even though I received this letter a week after w.comp clearance. I was seen by an orthopedic doctor who does not have a spine fellowship listed as his education. My initial injury was to my shoulder and back. Shoulder is fine, my back continues to hurt, but recently has felt like it was starting to improve.
A: You will need to hire an experienced workers' compensation attorney to pursue a claim for temporary total/temporary partial wage loss benefits for you. This is a complex claim and a decision by a judge of compensation claims is necessary to resolve the conflict between doctors.
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