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You may have concerns about your work restrictions after being injured on the job at work:

  • What will happen if I am not able to do my job because of the restrictions?
  • What should I do if my employer is not complying with the restrictions?
  • What if I cannot return to work with my current restrictions?
  • My employer will not allow me to take time to go to doctors’ appointments – what should I do?
  • What happens if the work I am doing is beyond my restrictions?
  • Do I need to worry about losing my job due to my restrictions?
  • What happens if my employer does not have a light duty or a different job available for me?

After your work injury, it is crucial that you attend appointments with your medical professionals so that they can document the necessary work restrictions. Your employer must provide you with a job that falls within your doctor’s restrictions if you are not able to perform your normal job duties. If your doctor has released you to work with certain restrictions and your employer provides you with such work, you must try to do the work. If you have problems, you should contact your medical provider. You should tell your doctor what specific duties are causing the problem so that your restrictions can be modified. If a doctor has restricted you from activities that include your regular job duties, your employer cannot terminate your employment for that reason; they are required to find a different job or a light duty job within your restrictions. Alternatively, the employer is required to provide vocational rehabilitation and retraining if you are not able to perform your prior job duties.


If you’ve been injured in a Workers’ Compensation injury in Minnesota, contact us to get started on resolving your Workers’ Compensation claim. Remember, consultations with prospective clients on Workers’ Compensation cases are free of charge.