I went to the local health department last week and the doctor wrote an opinion that surgery was needed for my now irreducible ventral hernia. He did not place me on any work restriction(s).
At the beginning of my W/C case, about 9 months ago when the hernia formed due to all the coughing caused by sulfuric acid, the W/C doctor did not place me on any work restriction(s).
Because the W/C doctor failed to place me under any restrictions, the hernia has become progressively worse. And because the health department doctor also failed at placing any restrictions on my work, my employer can only assume that I can work.
I would think that anyone with common sense would realize that an irreducible hernia would be a good reason not to work. But no, I suppose not.
My questions are:
Are employees required to submit a work restriction note to their employer even with a written "need for surgery" opinion from a doctor?
Under what statutes and/or law can work restrictions be found?