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Q: I just received a Notice of Ability to Return to Work. I'm still injured. Do I have to go back to work now?

A:

Not necessarily.  In many situations, the mailing of a Notice of Ability to Return to Work is just a procedural step taken by the workers' compensation insurance company.  In many cases, a Notice of Ability to Return to Work may precede either a lighter duty job offer from your time of injury employer or the beginning of a Labor Market Survey.  

The Notice of Ability to Return to Work does not mean you need to report to work immediately.  A Notice of Ability to Return to Work doesn't mean much without either a job offer within your restrictions or a job referral.  It does suggest that you will need to speak to an attorney though.  If you've received a Notice of Ability to Return to Work or any other documents you don't understand, you need to reach out to an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible.  The team of Central PA workers' compensation attorneys at Schmidt Kramer will give you free advice and guide you through the workers' compensation process.  Reach out today before you do something to put your rights in jeopardy.