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How long will my workmans comp pay me?

Submitted By: James (Elizabeth, CO)

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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Dear James,

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.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: July 30, 2011

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One thought on “How long will my workmans comp pay me?

  1. I hurt my back at work in September of last year. I’ve been in physical therapy for more than 8 weeks and had numerous back injections. I’m still in so much pain.

    My job has no light duty work and the company doctor wants to release me back to work even though I’m still in pain. It feels like pins and needles are sticking in my back. Is there anything I can do?

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