Most Minnesota employees who suffer injuries on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Some are able to continue working but require restrictions as they recover.
How work restrictions are determined
When a person is injured on the job, they might have to file for workers’ compensation and have restrictions imposed on their work duties. Sometimes, this is just temporary, but other times, it could be permanent. In the former situation, the employee can continue working with limitations placed on what they are allowed to do. A doctor examines the individual and evaluates their condition and determines what’s appropriate for them in terms of what they can or cannot do at work as they recover from the injury.
The treating doctor will advise the workers’ comp claims administrator about any work restrictions the employee requires. The employer is also informed and is required to make any changes necessary to accommodate the worker.
Temporary work restrictions
Many employees who sustain on-the-job injuries are able to return to work once they’ve recovered. If they are given temporary work restrictions, those usually entail limitations to how much weight they are allowed to lift or how long they should be standing. Depending on the injury, there might be restrictions on certain bodily positions. Some workers may be advised not to squat or climb. Other restrictions might limit actions like reaching above their shoulder level.
If a doctor has made the assessment that work restrictions are necessary, the employer must comply. If there are no jobs available for the worker that ensures the restrictions can be met, the injured employee has the right to recover workers’ compensation benefits.
Work restrictions are common after an on-the-job accident. If you have experienced an injury, let your employer know immediately.