Permanent work restrictions are a medical assessment of what you can no longer do as the result of your work injury. These are usually restrictions on your ability to do various physical motions such as lifting, carrying, bending, reaching, standing, sitting, walking and so on. Permanent work restrictions also often include limitations on how long you can do certain activities, how many hours per day and/or days per week you can work.
Note: If you have been given permanent work restrictions and cannot return to work, this is an excellent time to contact us to discuss what claims you may have. The worker’s compensation carrier generally will not tell you about the full range of claims you may have.
Assessment of permanent work restrictions:
- Your doctor may determine your permanent work restrictions based on his or her own assessment, given your doctor’s familiarity with your condition.
- Sometimes, however, your doctor will send you in for a Functional Capacities Evaluation, where you will undergo formal physical testing to determine your functional abilities. Usually, an occupational therapist or other professional administers this testing. Ultimately, however, it is up to your doctor to decide on your permanent work restrictions: your doctor will review the Functional Capacities Evaluation. Your doctor may agree with all of the recommendations in the Functional Capacities Evaluation. If not, your doctor can make changes as your doctor finds appropriate based on your particular situation.
In certain circumstances, your employer and its worker’s compensation carrier are entitled to send you in to see a doctor of their choosing for an assessment of work restrictions. See further discussion of these defense doctors at “independent medical evaluation” / defense medical evaluation.
If you find yourself in this situation, please call us. We can help you understand your options and the claims you may be able to make.