Light duty is a right, and should be treated as such in your Connecticut Workers Compensation case.
The right to "light duty" is a right. Unfortunatley, many employers disregard the law, and have a blanket rule of "no light duty." This is wrong, and must stop.
If you are injured on the job in Connecticut you have the right to file a Connecticut Workers Compensation Claim. The claim is governed by the Connecticut Workers Compensation Act. One right you have unde the Act is the right to be assigned to "light duty" when you injury makes it impossible for you to do your full duty job, but allows for light duty. You need a doctor to say that you can do light duty only. That rule is in General Statute § 31-313 and it says the employer "shall" make light duty available when they have light duty. Of course, in some companies there is no light duty work available. But for many large companies where there a many jobs to do, and many differet tasks that need to be performed there is always some light work that can be done.
So, for a Connecticut companies that actually have light duty work available, if that company refuses to offer the light duty work to the injured employee, then that company has violated the law.
Light duty is a right under the Connecticut Workers Compensation Act, and it should be treated as such.
If you have been injured on the job in Connecticut and have been given work restrictions that allow you to do light duty, and if your employer is telling you that they don't offer you light duty when you know that they have light duty, then you might have a claim. Contact The Bartinik Law Firm, 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.
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