One of the most important factors in any Minnesota workers’ compensation case is the nature and extent of any light duty work restrictions that have been assigned to the injured worker. If you’ve sustained an on-the-job injury in Minnesota, and your doctor has instructed you to limit or restrict your work and/or leisure activities, these limitations are referred to as work restrictions. Generally, in order to claim entitlement to Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Benefits, an injured worker must demonstrate restrictions on his or her ability to perform her normal work duties.
Your doctor may provide you with a workability report documenting your limitations, or he or she may instruct you to avoid performing specific work activities. If you have concerns about your ability to perform your normal job activities following a work injury, it is critical that you discuss these concerns with your doctor. If your doctor tells you to restrict your work activities, you need to have your doctor provide you with a note or workability form documenting your limitations. Documentation of your work limitations as the result of a work injury must be provided to your employer. Your employer may offer you a light duty job to accommodate your restrictions.