One of the most important benefits workers' compensation provides is payment for time missed from work. In other words, if a doctor says that you cannot work because of your on the job injury, you should receive a weekly check. Similarly, if the doctor puts you on light duty, but your employer does not have any light duty work available, you will get a workers' compensation check.
But what happens if you are released to full duty? In South Carolina, you must attempt to return to full duty. Even if you disagree with the doctor's conclusion, it is important that you show up for work and do your best to complete as many of your responsibilities as possible. If you are unable to perform all duties of your job, you should ask for a second opinion or return to the first doctor and let him/her know which of your job activities you are struggling to complete.
Being put back on full duty does not bring your workers' compensation case to an end. Rather, it means that you may be closer to settling your case and receiving compensation for any permanent impairment or disability. Do not let an insurance adjuster or supervisor mislead you. Returning to work without restrictions may put an end to your weekly checks, but it does not mean your case is over. If you have questions about any workers' comp benefits provided under South Carolina law, call me today at (803) 790-2800.