How Would You Decide: Florida Worker’s Refusal of “Sheltered Employment” Was Not Reasonable?
Here’s What Happened:
Claimant, a commercial housekeeper, suffered a compensable injury to her right (dominant) shoulder, underwent surgery, and was placed on no-work status for approximately one week. Subsequently, claimant’s authorized orthopedist returned claimant to work with significant restrictions relative and recommended three weeks of physical therapy.
The employer, as part of its return-to-work program, offered claimant a light duty job – dusting with only the left hand. Claimant advised the employer that she would not return to work until she received the recommended physical therapy, that she was still in pain, and that she could not perform the job because it was too difficult.Thereafter the employer terminated claimant’s employment, citing claimant’s failure to show up for work or call. Claimant underwent physical therapy and eventually found other employment. Continue Reading