What is RTW in Terms of Light/Modified Duty Work Status?
If you sustain a work injury and are unable to perform your normal job duties, your employer may have a return to work (RTW) policy that adheres with your work status provided by your treating physician. The goal is to return to work as quickly as medically possible to reduce the amount of lost wages. Workers comp rate is generally 66 2/3% of your average weekly wage. For example if your average weekly wage = $600, your work comp wage would be approx. $400. That could put a financial burden on you and your family the longer you are unable to work. However, if your physician feels that you can return to work, but in a limited capacity, there may be opportunities for you to RTW on light/modified duty status during your recovery process.
Workers Compensation Light /Modified Duty Work
Your employer will want to see you return to work as quickly as you do! If you are on workers compensation and have light/modified duty work restrictions, your employer may be able to provide you a modified position with light/modified duty job tasks at your worksite. On the other hand, if your employer tells you “no light/modified duty work is available”, our services can assist with coordinating off-site temporary light/modified duty work for you, until you are able to RTW full duty or reach maximum medical improvement. It is important that you discuss all possible options with your employer and claim handler, as returning to some form of work benefits both you and your employer.
Participating in light/modified duty work safely, can help in your recovery process. Staying active with a routine work schedule and even the lightest work activities will help build strength both physically & mentally, even if you can only answer a phone!
Other benefits include:
· Financial stability
· Retain status/position with employer
· Maintain positive morale with co-workers
· Maintain relationship with manager/supervisor
· Promote self-worth and eliminate feeling of being un-productive