Lue, you make the very point that concerns me where making up a busy or nonproductive work position for the IW to sit in on while they recover. Nothing but a way to have the IW close at hand to harass the crap out of them, just like what happened to you and many of our friends here on this forum! For the FEW ER's that sincerely accommodate an IW's restriction with a meaningful position, those who don't harass and heckle the IW for having an accident, my hats off to them. Unfortunately they are few and far between. Much more so the exception not the rule.
This return to light duty crap, certainly when going into a made up NON productive position, is just one more cost cutting measure designed by the IC's and ER's. Most of them don't give a rats ass about the IW's psychological nor physical health. It is all about the bottom line. Bringing the supposed psychological issue up is nothing more than a smoke screen to cover up the real issues and that is nothing but dollars and cents.
In GA, as soon as the doctor signs that restricted return to work release the clock starts ticking on a reduction of benefits in 52 or 78 weeks. Not the determination of fitness for duty but the reduction and/or termination of wage replacement benefits. Rather the IW is healed or not has nothing to do with it. It is profit driven and nothing else.
slugdog before you start shooting your mouth off again understand what I am saying is in regards to the legitimately IW and has no reflection on the bums that are committing fraud and/or abuse the system. For that lot I would say a few dips in a boiling hot vat if oil would be too good of a punishment for them. That is the exact lot of freaks that makes the legitimately injured workers have to suffer needlessly and causes every IW to be surrounded by the stigma of being too lazy or sorry to work for a living. Personally I don't much like being stereotyped based on a few bad apples that have committed fraud by faking an injury and/or milking a claim for all it is worth when it should already be closed out. I just don't have the stomach for those types.
Now why is it that the WC docs are in such an all fire hurry to get a WC claimant off total disability and onto restricted duty? Even when for many moderate to seriously injured worker it is very obvious that they are in NO condition to work light duty or otherwise. Heck many of us are on medication that precludes us from even driving ourselves to/from work least of all preform any kind of function while on the job. But hey it might save the ER and/or their IC a few bucks so who gives a hoot how miserable the worker is just so long as that almighty dollar is saved. Too bad the ER's and the goons that work for the IC's don't have enough plain old fashioned common sense to know this "theory" of RTW the IW's when it is clearly not in the best interest of the IW to do so, was figured out by the IW's of this country a long time ago.
WC laws were designed to restrict the IW's from suing their employers for huge amounts of money when an on the job injury occurs. Nothing more and nothing less. The trade off for the IW was a guarantee of not having to suffer an economic loss by way of medical bills and lost wages. Now some ER's and their IC's, who have this exclusive remedy protection, wants to have the whole cake and be the only one to eat it. I say, BS, El Toro Cocky (sp), they don't get to change the rules midstream. Not that it keeps them from trying and sometimes even getting away with it when the IW's won't or don't take a stand against this kind of abuse and maltreatment.
For any case manager, or other IC employee/agent that comes here to this IW Internet support system to try and blow this kind of smoke should be ashamed of their selves. To expect any of the IW's here to buy this kind of misguided theory makes it even worse, IMHO! Kind of like insisting it isn't cold in Alaska in January just because the residents are acclimated to the extreme cold does NOT change the temperature! It might not feel so very cold to the Alaskan but it doesn't make it any warmer either.
Have a Good one.