If you were hurt at work and have an accepted workers compensation claim, the insurance company will look for a way to pressure you into a new job within your work restrictions. This may be a modified version of your previous job, or a completely new type of job with different responsibilities and tasks. Such a position is referred to as a light duty job.

Taking a light duty job may affect the workers’ compensation benefits you receive. Your employer may be able to stop your temporary total disability benefits if you take the light duty job. As you can see, the decision to accept a light duty job offer is an important one. You must know your legal rights.

Workers compensation lawyer Corey Pollard has helped hundreds of injured workers push through the Virginia workers compensation system and get the money and benefits they deserve. Call 804-251-1620, 757-810-5614, or fill out the form to your right to see if you have a case.

Light Duty Work Examples

Light duty work is either a modified version of the job you had when you were injured or a new job at a lower exertion level. A light duty job considers your physical restrictions. A light duty job may involve fewer hours, less physical labor, or non-production work.

Common examples of light duty work include:

  • Clerical work (administrative work or a desk job)
  • Supervisory role (such as construction foreman)
  • Inventory control
  • Surveillance monitor

A Light Duty Job and Your Work Comp Benefits

Accepting a light duty job will affect your workers’ compensation benefits. There are numerous scenarios that may play out when you are offered light duty work.

If you accept a light duty job and:

  • You make the same amount of money or more money than you were making at the time of your injury, you will not receive ongoing wage loss benefits.
  • You make less money than you made when you were injured, you will receive temporary partial disability benefits but not temporary total disability benefits.

A few important things to remember:

  • You should not accept a light duty job that exceeds your medical restrictions. We recommend that you take a copy of the light duty job description to your doctor and ask him or her to state whether you can perform the job.
  • If you turn down a light duty job offer, your employer may file an application to suspend benefits and ask the Virginia Workers’ Compensation to terminate or modify your award. An experienced workers compensation attorney an help you fight back.
  • If you are under an open award for temporary total disability benefits you have no obligation to look for a light duty job.

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