In Missouri, the worker's compensation insurer has a legal obligation to continie providing medical care for your injury even if you move out of state. It is very frustrating when you weekly checks are cut off because the dr hired by the WC insurer doesn't send a written report. The conduct of the WC insurer in this situation is nothing less than fraud. First, in Missouri, the doctors and and WC adjsutors talk on the phone all the time. And second, as you pointed out, the dr did not release you to work. Report the WC conduct immediately to your state's fraud division. Also, send letter after lettter to the WC adjustor demanding your pay; asking for the carrier's basis for refusing to pay; asking them to call the dr's office: lay it on thick!
24 Hour Attorney Call Center (314) 361-4300 or visit us on the Web at http://www.hoffmannworkcomp.com
Most states require that a doctor confirm your restrictions. It has NOTHING to do with whether you are fired if the doctor is keeping you off-work. Once you are released with restrictions, it is another matter. You really would be better off with an experienced WC attorney from the jurisdiction where you were injured handling the claim. Good luck.
If this information has been helpful, please indicate by clicking the up icon. Legal Disclaimer: Mr. Candiano is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Indiana. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Links: email@example.com http://www.themargolisfirm.com
At this point you seem to need a good workers' comp lawyer. You can use AVVO to begin your search.
This answer is intended as general information and not as specific legal advice. If you want to have a free consultation with me, please contact me through AVVO.
You need to talk with a worker’s comp. attorney in the state where you were first injured ASAP.
DISCLAIMER: David J. McCormick is licensed to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and this answer is being provided for informational purposes only because the laws of your jurisdiction may differ. This answer based on general legal principles and is not intended for the purpose of providing specific legal advice or opinions. Under no circumstances does this answer constitute the establishment of an attorney-client relationship.