REPOSTING HERE since question has to do with employer:
My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: California
I've had a treating physician who is a spine specialist for 8 months for a disc tear . He recently stated in my MMI report that I am permanent and stationary and 5% rating whole body impairment with permanent restrictions and future medical care. I also went to a QME evaluation with another doctor who stated I was released back to full duty with no restrictions.
My employer states that the QME evaluation report supersedes the PTP report and I am now required to show up to work and work full duty even though my primary treating physician has given me permanent restrictions. Which physician has the final say? I have asked my lawyer for advice and he is not being helpful. All he told me was “do you care if they fire you?” .
Am I expected to show up to work even though I have permanent restrictions? My lawyer stated that he objected the QME doctors report and is scheduling a deposition and I need to be patient , however, he does not understand that I am expected to work full duty now and cannot wait and advise now. Can they fire me even though I have a note stating I have permanent restrictions? I am afraid I will cause more injury since I’m a RN and have to deal with lifting people. My PTP gave me a permanent weight restriction of 30lbs.