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Hey Yall
#1

40 years ago, I broke my ankle. Last week, I misstepped and fell off a ladder, twisting my ankle badly. I have filed a claim, and been assured all is progressing well with the claim. My employer wants me back, on light duty. I am a construction worker, and there isn't any light duty.
I am very irritated, and feel like this is a set up, to make me work injured.
This job is in Oregon, I live 2 hours away, in another state. If I go to light duty, the job only pays 40 hour weeks. Before I got hurt I was working 50 hour weeks. This allowed me to get a room in Oregon, but I can't afford the room on 40 hour weeks. I feel like I should get a lawyer.
I am not comfortable working while on prescription meds. I can barely stumble around my own house and can't imagine working on a construction site. I'm definitely between the rock and hard place.

Claim is in Oregon
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#2

Yes, discuss your situation with an atty.
Your disability can be suspended if you refuse light duty.
Your best bet is to get specific limitations from your doctor.
Your opinion on working with meds and what is acceptable light duty carries no weight; you need supporting medical opinion to remain on full disability.
The doctor should review and approve any modified job duties.

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(01-14-2021, 09:58 PM)1171 Wrote:  Yes, discuss your situation with an atty.
Your disability can be suspended if you refuse light duty.
Your best bet is to get specific limitations from your doctor.
Your opinion on working with meds and what is acceptable light duty carries no weight; you need supporting medical opinion to remain on full disability.
The doctor should review and approve any modified job duties.

Thanks for the advice my friend.

I know very few people in Oregon. Don't know who to ask for advice on which Attorney to hire. Do I just hire the guy with the biggest Ad in the yellow pages? hell, is there even a yellow pages anymore.

They have asked me to report on Tuesday, to work in the staging area for the project I am on. I am sure they will "observe" (spy) on my work. One of the guys at the job told me to be very careful when working at the warehouse. I am 66 years old, was going to retire this summer.
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#4

talk to more then one.
help finding a workers compensation specialist in your area
https://www.osbar.org/public/ris/
help selecting a lawyer you are comfortable with
https://www.osbar.org/public/legalinfo/1...Lawyer.htm

Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
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