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What is “Light Duty” Work?

When recovering from a work injury, some doctors may permit the injured individual to only perform "light duty" work until they are fully healed. Although it is often confused with transitional employment, the two mean very different things, so it's important to have a thorough understanding as you navigate the workers' compensation process.

"Light Duty" Work Restrictions

If your treating physician believes that you are not yet ready to return to your regular job duties, they may restrict the type of work you can perform. These restrictions will be tailored specifically to your injury and what the doctor believes will allow you to heal fully while remaining productive.

Examples of Light Duty Work

Light duty work restrictions typically fall into one of three categories:

  • Position: The position you are allowed to work in may be restricted. For example, a doctor may only allow an individual with a back injury to sit for certain periods of time throughout the day.
  • Function: The function of the job may also be restricted. For example, if you are a cashier, a doctor may only allow you to ring up customers and not lift any heavy bags.
  • Hours: The number of hours you can work in a day or week may also be restricted. For example, a doctor may only allow an injured employee to work four hours per day instead of eight.

It's important to note that light-duty work restrictions are not permanent and are subject to change as your condition improves. For example, if you could only sit for 30 minutes when you first returned to work, but after two weeks of healing, your doctor says you can now sit for 45 minutes at a time, your employer must make the necessary accommodations.

Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Becoming injured at work is never ideal, and depending on the severity of the injury, may feel like a never ending battle. That’s why our attorneys at The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC are dedicated to helping our clients through the workers’ compensation process to ensure they get what they deserve. Schedule a free consultation today by calling (770) 741-2825.