Anyone know anything about worker's comp???
I hurt my back at work at the beginning of February. It has been an absolute mess to get everything in order. I just now, last week, got to go to an actual occupational doctor and he said i could go back to work with the following restrictions.....I can't bend, lift, twist, crawl, stoop, or do any overhead work. I am a private duty CNA that works with a handicapped little girl that constantly has me running, climbing, or having to catch her. I'm probably more handicapped than she is by the way. So, Im not able to go back to doing that bc of my restrictions but if my employer can offer me "light duty" I have to take it in order to keep getting benefits. Well, today I was offered a filing job at the main office....but it is 40 miles away AND they will only pay me minimum wage which is way below what I make under normal circumstances. I am just furious because I HAVE to take this or get cut off from my benefits. I drive a SUV and I get about 17 mpg. It's gonna cost me close to $100 bucks a week in gas!
My question is this: Is there not a limit to the driving distance for light duty? I mean....lets say I worked for a company whose main office was on the other side of my state and that was the only way i could do my light duty was to go to the main office. Can they really do this???? I'm going to be taking almost a $200 wk paycut after the lower wage and the gas is considered!!! I'm sure they are hoping that I'll say no and then they can stop paying me.
Also....what happens if i decide to not get the wage reimbursement from my company and just get a job in my town....will i still be able to keep my medical benefits going since I am still having problems with my back?