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Returning to work after total temporary disability?

Submitted By: A (USA)

I hurt my back at work two years ago and am currently still receiving treatment and out of work on total temporary disability. I was wondering how would the return to work will go.

If I find a job that does not aggravate my injuries, can I return to work and still receive treatment? Or does treatment have to end once I return to work? Also, what happens if my doctor says he can no longer help me and I am still having severe pain? Can I get a second opinion and doctor if I go back to work? Thanks for any info you can give.

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Dear A,

As long as your primary physician’s diagnosis includes ongoing medical treatment, returning to work will not cause your medical treatment to end.

If you continue to experience pain and discomfort, and believe your present physician is misdiagnosing you, ask the workers’ comp representative to refer you to another physician. You have that right. This is especially true when your primary treating physician decides you have reached a level of maximum medical improvement, or “MMI,” and you disagree with that diagnosis.

Hopefully, the second physician will more adequately diagnosis your injuries and required ongoing treatment. If so, there’s a good chance workers’ compensation will agree to pay continuing benefits.

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