The general rule with returning to work is make sure that the job you go back to will not cause further damage to your injured body part. It is always better to work with restrictions that are set forth by your treating doctor. If the job you are offered violates the restrictions set forth by your treating doctor, then you have a basis to not return to the job. However, you should provide your treating doctor with a job description and let he/she determine whether you can perform the activities required of the job. It is important to consult with an attorney on issues like returning to work because there are issues that can arise if you do not follow certain procedures. Those same issues hold true for the workers' compensation insurance carrier and employer. If you refuse a job and have no medical basis for doing so, that can be deemed in "bad faith" and you risk having your wage loss benefits suspended. If you refuse a job because it is not paying you the pre-injury wage, this can be deemed in "bad faith" as well and you risk having your wage loss benefits suspended. Call Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo and ask for Jason Krasno.