You definitely should retain a Texas WC Attorney. Hourly pay is taxed, and Disability pay is generally not. If you have reduced hours, you may have a right to partial temporary disability for part of the difference, but calculating the right amount is tedious.
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Unless the comp. carrier has a medical opinion saying that you have reached an end of healing, no work restrictions and can return to work, they have to follow your doctor’s opinions and work restrictions. You need to talk with a local worker’s comp. attorney ASAP, and report your employer’s actions to your doctor so that they are documented.
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.
You need a work comp lawyer to advise you at this point. You are getting jerked around pretty badly.
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You should be entitled to Temporary Income Benefits from Liberty Mutual for you lst time from work. If they lowered your wage while on light duty, you may also be entitled to benefits.
You need to contact an attorney right away. If you have any questions, you can call my office at (214)357-1782.