Lake Dallas, TX asked in Workers' Compensation for Texas

Q: Can I work part time or even a full shift as long as they follow the time permitted restrictions?

My treating physician just lifted the 0 hr of restrictions of certain movements to that of 2 hrs... with that being said, my employer wants me to work on modified duty... my question is two-fold, I suppose. 1) Can they put me to work more than 2 hours as long as those restrictions are met ? 2) how does me working part time affect my tibs?

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Matthew B. Lewis
Matthew B. Lewis
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: You can return to work under modified duty. The insurance company will still owe you TIBs if you earn less than what you were making before you got hurt. The employer should honor the restrictions if they are going to put you back to work. If they don't, your doctor can take you back off work. A 2 hour restriction on any single movement, like lifting 5 pounds, means you can do that for a total of 2 hours during the work day. You can do activities that aren't restricted for the other time you will be at work.

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