Temporary Disability and Work Restrictions
If you are injured at work and you cannot work at all following the injury, you are entitled to paid leave called Temporary Total Disability (TTD). There are certain limits with TTD. First, as it sounds, it is temporary. If your disability extends beyond a certain time, you will be entitled to Permanent Disability.
Second, usually your paycheck for a TTD period is less than your normal paycheck. The amount varies depending on your income.
If you are not TTD, meaning you can work, but you cannot do everything you used to, then a doctor can prescribe "work restrictions." Your employer must accommodate your work restrictions. For example, your employer may change your duties, reduce your time on certain duties, or provide you with helpful equipment. If you employer cannot accommodate your work restrictions, then you cannot be required to work. If your employer makes you work, they may be subject to penalties. You do not have to do assignments that do not comply with your work restriction. If you refuse this kind of assignment, you should clearly explain to your employer how it fails to meet the restrictions. If possible, notify your employer in writing.
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NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent workers’ compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.