It is common for the workers’ compensation carrier to pressure employers into providing a light-duty return to work program, even when employers practically do not have such work to offer. If your employer is only able to find a few hours of light-duty work for you to perform then you are entitled to receive continued temporary disability benefits which are reduced by the partial salary you are paid by your employer. Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation carriers will immediately suspend benefits as soon as the employee returns to work, even if it is only for a few hours. You should provide your attorney with a copy of your paystub, proving that you are not being paid your pre-accident wages for the light-duty work. The insurance carrier is obligated to pay you the difference between your part-time wages and your workers’ compensation rate. If your part-time salary exceeds your temporary disability rate then you are not entitled to any additional benefits from workers’ compensation.
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