What Does It Mean To Be 'Released With No Restrictions?'

If your doctor releases you with no restrictions following a work injury, it's important for you to understand the consequences. Once you are released with no restrictions, you will lose eligibility for workers' compensation benefits. If you are still dealing with medical issues, it's important to discuss your case with an attorney.

At the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, we offer a free initial consultation to answer your questions about workers' compensation. Founding attorney Katherine L. Niven served as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation and was a Pennsylvania workers' compensation judge.

What If My Employer Asks Me To Remove A Work Restriction So I Can Return To Work?

It's fairly common for employers to pressure employees into removing work restrictions so they can come back to work. However, the consequences of being released with no restrictions can be very serious:

  • You face the risk of reinjury.
  • If your employer fires you, you would not be eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

What If My Doctor Releases Me With Restrictions?

If your doctor releases you to work with restrictions:

  • You are required to accept an assignment if offered by your employer and it is within your restrictions.
  • Your disability benefits will be reduced to reflect your earnings for the light-duty assignment. However, you will still receive income through disability payments if you earn less than your job at the time of injury.
  • If you are reinjured, you can resume workers' compensation benefits
  • If you are fired, you can resume workers' compensation benefits as long as you did not engage in willful misconduct.

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What if I'm not ready to return to work?

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