After a work-related accident or illness, often employers and insurance companies want an employee to return to work as soon as possible. If they can get him or her to do so, workers’ compensation benefits will cease. In many cases, a return to the job is possible but only if the job or workload is modified. If this is the case, it is necessary to obtain a return to work restrictions letter. In MN, this requires following a specific procedure.
Returning to Work
If you are feeling well enough to return to work but cannot perform many or even some of the tasks of the job, you can request modifications. These are referred to as “job restrictions.” To obtain this status, it is essential to acquire a return to work restrictions letter. This is obtained through your doctor.
A restrictions letter in MN is written to ensure the employer understands the limitations of the employee regarding specific duties. This may be heavy lifting, prolonged standing or other activities that demand too much from the employee under the current situation. Your doctor is the individual who will fill in the restrictions form.
Talk to Your Doctor
If you want to ensure the form adequately expresses your requirements and explains what is no longer advisable, you must work with your doctor. Communicate clearly so the letter will be an adequate expression of your capabilities. If the employer refuses to acknowledge the return to work restrictions letter does not hesitate. Get in touch with a workers’ compensation lawyer immediately.