Injured workers in Pennsylvania are often sent a Notice of Ability to Return to Work in a workers’ compensation case. What does this mean? Is it a job offer? Do you have to return to work immediately if you have received a Notice of Ability to Return to Work? We have covered all that and more in today’s article.
What is Notice of Ability To Return To Work?
Pennsylvania Work Comp Notice of Ability to Return to Work is sent whenever a doctor, whether yours, or an Independent Medical Doctor, claims you have some ability to work, whether full duty or with restrictions. They are required to send out this notice promptly to the injured worker, according to the PA Workers’ Compensation Law.
Is Notice of Ability To Return To Work A Job Offer?
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Many injured workers believe that this Notice of Ability To Return to Work is a job offer- it is not! It’s just what it says- a Notice stating that some doctor opines that you can work- in some capacity.
A lot of injured workers also worry that the Notice of Ability To Return To Work means you have to get back to work in a PA work comp case even if your own physician tells you otherwise. We have answered that question in detail in another post here: Do I Have To Return To Work If I Get A Notice Of Ability To Return To Work In A Pennsylvania Work Comp Case?
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However, it is often the beginning of litigation where an insurer/employer is challenging your benefits. So, if you receive a Notice of Ability to Return to Work, you should call a Certified Pennsylvania Work Comp Lawyer right away, to get your case strategy set. Work Comp for injured workers is all we do.
For more info about a Notice of Ability to Return to Work, or Pennsylvania Work Comp Law in general, call Cardamone Law, the leading workers’ compensation firm in PA, 7 days a week at 215-206-9068 or email Michael@Cardamonelaw.com