What if my doctor releases me to light duty?

If you've been hurt on the job, and filed a workers' compensation claim, you should receive medical treatment through your employer's insurance.

If your doctor determines you are eligible for light duty, you must accept light work if it’s offered.

If you do not accept the light duty work offered, all compensation and benefits may cease as long as you refuse to return to work. You have a right to a hearing if you believe that you are not able to do the work assigned to you.

If you return to light work before you are fully discharged by the doctor, at a wage less than you were earning at the time of your original injury, you are entitled to weekly compensation at the rate of the sixty-six and two-thirds (66 2/3%) percent of the difference between your average weekly wage and your new wage.

Workers' Compensation can be challenging and even confusing. If you have any questions about your workers' compensation claim, contact The Derrick Law Firm for a FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.

Workers' Compensation Lawyer Dirk Derrick has over 29 years of experience in personal injury law and was voted BEST Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and the Myrtle Beach Herald.

The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.