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Returning to Work After an Injury

Transitional Work:

Transitional work is work that allows the temporarily or partially disabled injured worker to remain safely on the job (with the employer where the injury occurred), but in a modified or alternate position. This type of work allows the injured worker to "transition" into the work environment after sustaining a work-related injury. It also allows the worker to remain in the workplace until they have recovered sufficiently. WSI involves the injured worker's employer in the decision as to whether the injured worker could be offered transitional work rather than be taken off work.

Please note that if you voluntarily limit your income or refuse to accept employment suitable to your capacity that is offered to or secured for you, you are not entitled to any wage replacement (disability) or vocational rehabilitation benefits during the limitation of income or refusal to accept employment unless WSI determines that the limitation or refusal is justified. NOTE: You will remain eligible for medical only benefits as long as the medical condition you are treating for is directly related to your work injury.

If Your Employer Cannot Offer You Transitional Work:

If your doctor releases you to return to work with restrictions, and your employer does not have transitional work for you, WSI will pay disability benefits to you until appropriate work is available to accommodate your restrictions. If your employer's inability to accommodate continues, a vocational rehabilitation consultant may be assigned to assist with the identification of job goals that are appropriate according to your restrictions and transferable skills.

When Your Doctor Releases You to Return to Work:

Notify WSI immediately when your doctor releases you to return to work or when you return to any type of work so no overpayment of disability benefits occurs on your claim. If you receive a check for benefits covering the period in which you have returned to work, do not cash the check. Return the check to WSI, and we will determine what the correct amount should be and reissue a correct check if applicable.

When You Perform Work Activities After Sustaining a Work-Related Injury:

Please notify WSI immediately when you perform any type of work activity or if you receive monetary compensation for any type of work activity after sustaining a work-related injury. This is important to avoid any possible occurrence of overpayment of wage replacement benefits - in which case you would be responsible for repaying WSI the overpayment amount.

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