I was injured on the job January 20, 2011. I've had 2 surgeries and my doctor told me yesterday I will not be able to return to my job for 6 months, which will be Jan of 2012. How long will workmans comp continue to pay me?
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ANSWER for "How long will my workmans comp pay me?":
James (Elizabeth, Colorado):
When it comes to Workmans Compensation and your injuries, Workmans Comp will pay for all medical and therapy bills until you are fully treated, no matter how long that may take.
When it comes to your pay it's a different story. Once the Workmans Compensation doctor clears you to return to work you have to go back. If not you may lose your job. You also have a right to seek the advice (and get a second opinion) from another doctor from the list of physician's your employer maintains.
The National Family Medical Leave Act may also offer you some protection.
The FMLA will protect your job for 12 weeks. After the 12 weeks is up if you can not return to your job it will no longer be protected and they can let you go for almost any reason (other than discrimination on a racial, sexual preference, age, or gender basis). FMLA is unpaid leave.
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