Tucson, AZ asked in Workers' Compensation for Arizona

Q: Hello. I was injured at work. Was put on light duty 4 hours or so per day. Apts are scheduled by dr office during work

I was told by workers comp that I will not be paid when I go to doctor's appointments during work hours

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1 Lawyer Answer
Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Good evening, thank you for your question. I am not sure why the doctor's office cannot arrange appointments around your work schedule, unless the work schedule changes from week to week. If you work in the morning then the doctor should schedule an appointment in the afternoon, and the opposite if you work in the afternoon. The insurance company also is not giving you accurate information. When you are on light duty the amount of money you earn is applied to your original average wage and you get paid 66 and 2/3 percent of the difference between your pre injury wage and how much you make on light duty, regardless of how that happens. If you miss hours and make less money because of a doctors appointment that is not going to change the calculation of your light duty benefits. Please feel free to email at joel@compinaz.com or call me at 602-540-6366. This weekend is fine if you would like to chat. Thank you again for your question.

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