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Dr. released me to light duty, but I don't think I'm ready
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(02-05-2012, 11:44 AM)Woodlawn Wrote:
(02-04-2012, 01:44 PM)LeglEgl Wrote: You're between a rock and a hard place. Even though you've been released to "light duty", meaning, in this case 1-2 hours per week, the employer cannot provide that to you, because you've legitimately relocated to WA. That being said, you also cannot be required to return to CA in order to comply with the 1-2 hours per week of "light duty".

The downside of this is that the WC carrier COULD deny TTD because you have not made yourself available for the "light duty". I'm only speaking in general terms, since CA has some "interesting" WC laws, and somebody else with expertise in that state might have more clarity for you on that.

Seriously, though, flying to CA to work 1-2 hours per week seems a bit insane (no offense intended).

Yep, totally insane. Although, if OP were to have a reasonable medical appointment during the visit (perhaps a second opinion or something) the medical mileage reimbursement is nearly $900 (assuming Seattle to San Francisco.)

Otherwise, the IC probably can and will cut off TTD. The only way that issue would be likely to resolve would be a protracted litigation period.

As for a lawyer helping your navigate, that isn't what they do. They litigate and get your claim settled so they get their 15%. An I&A officer could do more to help you navigate.

Quitting will likely get you cut off from TTD, but will having nothing to do with settlement.

Thanks for all the replies. I agree it seems insane and I can't imagine traveling on a regular basis. I am stuck between a rock and a hard place because it would be ideal to work closer to home. I guess I'm just hoping that something will open up sooner than later. It would be nice to write off the travel for medical appts, but I've already changed addresses and doctors to WA and to be honest I feel okay using my TTD pay for the travel cost (a few times at least) if it means keeping my job.
There is a part of me that just wants this whole thing over and done with. I'm tired of having to "jump through hoops" and if a local position doesn't open up in the near future, I may just have to quit anyway. So does it make a difference to play this thing out and take a chance? Or save my insanity and find another career?
I appreciate you reading this. Obviously, I am confused...
Thanks for the info on lawyer vs. I&A officer. Hmm...I wonder if a lawyer would be worth it in my case?

 
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RE: Dr. released me to light duty, but I don't think I'm ready - islandrock - 02-05-2012, 05:22 PM

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