What Can I Do While on Workers’ Compensation?

Disabled Man at Airport

Injured workers receiving workers’ comp often wonder what activities they are allowed to do or participate in. Questions we often hear at Erwin, McCane & Daly include:

Can I go to the grocery store? • Can I drive? • Should I cancel my vacation? • Can I watch my grandkid(s)? • Can I mow my lawn?


It is advised that each worker use his or her own best judgement while making these decisions and to pursue normal activities as much as the condition allows. Additionally, an injured worker’s activity should stay consistent with the doctor’s restrictions and advisements. For example, if the medical provider has stated that the injured worker has temporary total disability ; it would not be advisable to partake in activities such as mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, or any recreational activity. However, if you have a vacation already scheduled, and you’ve been advised to spend time recuperating, it may be advisable to still take that vacation and spend it relaxing. If the medical provider suggests a degree of partial disability , it is very important to understand the exact restrictions recommended by the doctor. The attorneys of Erwin, McCane & Daly recommend individuals receiving workers’ comp obtain written restrictions from their doctor so that misunderstandings are avoided. For a doctor to give an accurate assessment and diagnosis, you are encouraged to be candid with the medical professional as opposed to exaggerating, or playing down, the injury or disability. Throughout the process it will be ideal to receive documentation. This will show evidence of progress that has been made as well as activities that are recommended (or not) by your doctor. This is your workers’ compensation case; you are entitled to documentation throughout. For more information about workers’ compensation including filing a claim, medical treatment guidelines, and appealing a denied claim, contact the attorneys of Erwin, McCane & Daly.