Workers’ Compensation Work Releases
Workers’ compensation law requires injured workers to get a work release from their doctor that tells the employer that they cannot work or that they can only do modified work. It is important to get the work release every time you see the doctor and give it to your employer. It is a good idea to make sure your both employer and your doctor also send the work release to the workers’ compensation insurer to make sure your time loss (wage replacement) continues until you are released to work.
It is also important that the doctor put on the work release that you are off work for the condition(s) that the insurance company has accepted as part of the claim. For example, if you were being treated for a low back condition at the time you hurt your neck at work, the release must specify that you cannot go back to your regular work because of the work-related neck injury. If you have questions about this or any other aspect of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact our office.