What is Light Duty?

Most people have heard the term “light duty” before, but lack complete information about what the term means, or what their rights are following an injury. Sometimes when a worker suffers an injury, he or she is unable to complete all of his or her regular job duties. In this case, the employer is required to provide light duty work if it is available.

Sometimes employees on light duty experience problems receiving fair compensation or even protecting their jobs. If your employer has treated you unfairly after an injury, the workplace accident lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. can help. Call our offices at 877-327-2600.

Performing Light Duty

If you have been injured at work, your doctor may determine that you are unable to perform your regular tasks until you have recovered. If you want to keep your workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to provide medical documentation to your employer and request light duty. This duty will continue until your doctor decides you are ready to return to your usual job.

While you are performing light duty, you may be assigned to:

  • Work fewer hours than usual
  • Less physically demanding tasks around the workplace
  • A temporary, less demanding job
  • Fewer duties than you had before
  • A modified workspace that will accommodate your needs

If any kind of light duty work is available, your employer must offer it to you. If there is no such work available, you may need to miss work until you recover. Our Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers can help you make sure your employer’s decisions are in compliance with the law.

Light Duty and Workers’ Compensation

Working fewer hours or handling fewer responsibilities sometimes means a reduction in pay. If that is the case for you, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation for loss of earning power. This is a kind of regular payment that will help make up for the difference between your regular salary and what you are earning now. Receiving these payments should not interfere with your medical benefits.

Contact Us

The Des Moines light duty work attorneys of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. are committed to protecting workers’ rights. If you are experiencing problems with workplace safety or the workers’ comp system, contact us today at 877-327-2600.

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