I'm in the food service/preparation industry and suffered repetitive stress injury to my hands. I was put on light duty while the doctor monitored my treatment including hand occupational therapy.
I recovered to the point where I could return to my normal duty with a few minor restrictions while continuing to see the doctor.
So far, worker's comp has covered everything with no discussion or problem.
After a few days of normal work the pain increased back to the point where it has become a real problem.
At this point, I'd be happy if they gave me a lump sum settlement for partial disability and let me find another job with a better ergonomic layout.
At my next appointment, I suspect the doctor will put me back on light duty.
The problem is: light duty consists of sitting in a corner answering the telephone. I don't know that I can do that again for 8 hours a day without going bonkers. Unfortunately, during normal work, each person on staff has to take a one-hour turn at the phone. A light-duty person relieves everyone else of that chore.
Do I have any choices in this matter?
Can I ask to be put on unpaid sick-leave to avoid the phone duty?
What happens if I quit? Does workers comp still pay for the doctor and therapy?
What other issues should I be thinking about?