Q If my doctor assigns me work restrictions which limits what I can do at work such as the amount of weight I can lift and whether I can bend and stoop, should I work outside of those restrictions when I return to work?
No. It is not only detrimental to your health to work outside of the physical restrictions that your doctor has given you, but it will also hurt your case.
It is imperative that a recovering injured worker maintain activity strictly within the scope that a medical doctor has prescribed. If an employer pressures a restricted worker to participate in activities that are outside that which a physician has provided, the worker should contact a workers' comp lawyer immediately. The North Carolina Industrial Commission has specific procedures that address situations like this and a lawyer can help a worker take appropriate steps to help preserve their employment, workers' comp benefits, and proper work restrictions.