My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: TX. I believe I have selected the appropriate category. In a nut shell I was injured on the job 04/28/15 when a driver ran their red light and t-boned the ambulance I was driving. On the same day I was evaluated, given a prescription and withheld from work for 5 days(not sure if relevant but I was to start my standard 5 days off during the issued time). I was to go for a secondary check up on 05/04/15 and upon doing so I was released back to work with a texas workers compensation work status report stating " will allow the employee to return to work as of 05/04/15(date) with the restrictions identified in part III, which are expected to last through 05/13/2015(date). Listed restriction is section 16 "other restrictions (if any)": Must keep hand clean and dry.
My employer has made the decision to go against this and have me back at full duty status effective tomorrow 05/08/2015 despite the orders. I guess what I am asking is can they do this and can they force me to return with threat of action against me. I am aware that they do not have to offer light duty, however I have available sick time and vacation hours more then capable of covering the time. I just want the absolute most beneficial healing time to my hand to prevent scaring.
On a side note not sure if this is relevant, I was issued a burn cream that I can only apply every 12 hours. This is one of the reason the physician's assistant did this is. Putting on gloves no only removed the cream but also induces sweat with introduces bacteria as well as agitates the burn cream.