Medical Work Restrictions - NC

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Medical Work Restrictions - NC

Post  nckrystalblue on Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:04 am

Can anyone help clear up some questionable areas regarding medical work restrictions? If there are any relevant codes/statutes, please include them in any replies.

1. If a person is hurt at home, goes to their doctor, pays on their own etc. and the doctor gives them work restrictions, let's say a lifting limit, is the job obligated to follow those restrictions by providing them modified work or notifying them there is no suitable work?

2. What is the job's obligation to following restrictions, orders etc. from the treating physician of a WC claim?

3. Does the future "denial" of a WC claim void any restrictions put in place by the treating physician? Is the "denial" valid if the news only comes from the boss' mouth and no communications about the claim was ever sent to or received by the ee, even though the insurance co paid for 3 visits to their doctor and assigned a claim number?

4. What is the statute of limitations on medical restrictions when waiting to see another doctor and the note states:
SPECIALIST REFERRAL:YES
SPECIALIST SCHEDULED: ORTHO FOR
THIS WORK STATUS EFFECTIVE: through UNTIL ORTHO CLEARANCE

4A) What if the note includes a week off and the job makes you work?

5. If restrictions are placed on a dominant limb (hand/arm) is the employee required to work solely with the non-dominant limb just to fulfill "work within restrictions" for the employer?

5A) Is manual labor such as mopping, sweeping, window washing (on a ladder), vacuuming etc. considered "Light Duty" work when done with a non-dominant hand?
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