Work Restrictions After Injuries At Work: What Employees Need To Know!

injuries at workIf you have been injured on the job, your doctor may place restrictions on you when returning to work. For example, you may be limited to lifting, pushing, or pulling objects weighing less than 10 pounds, or you may be confined to a desk job. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to know your rights, since some employers are more cooperative than others. To ensure your workplace rights are protected, contact a Riverside County workers compensation attorney, such as Steven M. Sobo, to assist you with this complex situation.

Types of Work Restrictions

From a legal standpoint, there are two types of work restrictions. These are known as Actual Disability work restrictions and Prophylactic work restrictions, and both are very important. Actual Disability work restrictions, which are most common, refer to your actual abilities to perform certain tasks once you return to work. However, Prophylactic work restrictions are limitations placed on you to prevent further injury or pain. While doctors will set these limits, some employers will ignore them or attempt to pressure employees into doing tasks sooner than they should. Rather than let yourself be intimidated and possibly injured even more severely, contact a Ventura County workers compensation attorney if you find yourself facing this dilemma.

Impairment Ratings

Along with work restrictions, your doctor will assign you an impairment rating. This is based on a number of factors, including:

–Type of work
–Type of injury suffered
–Expected recovery time

Based on this rating, along with the work restrictions assigned to you, it will be determined how many weeks you will be allowed to receive disability benefits for your injuries.

Since California law can be complex in these matters, and many employers are not cooperative as well, contact the Law Offices of Steven M. Sobo if you find yourself needing legal representation to ensure your rights are protected.


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