Workers' Compensation

I’m going back to work on light duty. Any suggestions?

First, make sure you have a return appointment with the doctor scheduled. Second, make sure you have the restrictions in writing. Third, preferably before but as soon as possible after returning to work, give your immediate supervisor a copy of your restrictions. We recommend doing this in writing and keeping a copy for yourself. Fourth, be patient with your company. Although some employers are evil most employers are good people. Admittedly, sometimes good people do stupid things. In most situations it’s not perfectly clear what “repetitive motion” means. It probably means different things to reasonable but different people. Likewise in most occupations the weights of the material you are working with isn’t clear. Thus a limitation to 15 pounds lifting could reasonably be a bit vague when put into practice.