3 Jan, 2022

What is Light Duty Work?

Author Todd A. Strong
What is Light Duty Work?

Insurance carriers and employers oftentimes attempt to limit their legal responsibility to pay temporary total disability by mandating or requiring that injured workers be forced to work light or modified duty.

​If an employer offers light or modified duty that conforms to the medical work restrictions of the injured worker’s health care providers, the injured worker is required to work light or modified duty or otherwise forfeit temporary total disability benefits.

​A refusal to attempt light duty could result in a suspension of benefits. Likewise, a refusal by the employer to provide light duty requires the insurance carrier to pay temporary total disability benefits while you are still receiving medical care. Learn more about light duty by contacting the workers’ compensation attorneys at Strong Law Offices: 309-393-2928.

What is Light Duty Work?

Your Light Duty or Modified Duty Slip

In order to properly document your work restrictions, you should ask your physician or health care provider to provide you with a copy of a light-duty or modified duty slip. You should provide a copy of the slip to your employer and to Strong Law Offices so that our lawyers can request the appropriate benefits for you.

It is also very important to keep a copy of your current light-duty slip on you at all times while you are working light duty in the event that your employer asks you to exceed your light duty restrictions.

If your employer or supervisor asks you to exceed your light duty restrictions, you should make your supervisor aware of your light duty restrictions and report the violation to Strong Law Offices.

How Long Can You Be on Light Duty?

​After a work accident, the experienced workers' compensation lawyers at Strong Law Offices can help you obtain the appropriate benefits and remedies under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act. This may include helping you understand your light or modified duty work restrictions.

​Contact our lawyers at 309-393-2928 to schedule a free initial consultation from our Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield, or Chicago offices. We are also available to meet at your home or at the hospital by request.

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About The Author

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Illinois workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyer Todd A. Strong is the founder of Strong Law Offices in Peoria, Illinois. Todd brings considerable legal knowledge, experience, and skill to the table to ensure injured victims throughout the state are treated with respect, dignity, and fairness.