While Colorado workers' compensation laws do not require an employer to hold your job open while you recover from your injuries, your employer may invite you back to perform "light duty" work that will meet the criteria agreed upon by you and your doctor. Failure to accept a doctor-approved job offer can result in the termination of your lost wage benefits. If you are considering returning to work, it is important to make sure your rights are being protected.
At the Eley Law Firm, we work diligently to protect the rights of injured workers in Denver and throughout Colorado. Since 1983, we have helped hundreds of injured workers recover the workers' compensation benefits they deserve. For a free consultation with a lawyer from our office, call 720-644-8759 or 866-371-3322. You may also contact our Colorado law firm online.
Be Honest About Your Restrictions — A Colorado Workers' Compensation Lawyer Can Help
Based on your disability rating and recovery from your injuries, some jobs will be outside of the scope of work you are able to do. If your employer invites you back for "light duty work" and then pressures you to perform work you are restricted from participating in, it is important to be upfront with your employer about your restrictions.
If necessary, you should have your attorney write to the insurance adjuster, documenting the situation. Going ahead and doing the work anyway will only hurt your credibility and potentially lead to a setback in your recovery from your injury.
Learn About Your Responsibilities When Returning To Work
For more information on your rights and responsibilities when returning to work in Colorado, see the following:
- Work restrictions and temporary benefits
- Your behavior upon returning to work
- Harassment upon returning to work
Contact A Denver Workers' Compensation Lawyer For Advice On Returning To Work After An Injury
For answers to your workers' compensation questions, contact our work injury law firm today for a free consultation. We work on a contingency or percentage-fee basis. This means you will not owe us money unless we recover benefits for you.