Generally, yes, your employer must honor these restrictions, whether ordered by your treating physician or based on an independent medical exam (IME). These doctors can disagree on the scope of restrictions, and those issues are a source of workers' comp litigation.
The workers' comp insurance carrier hires a doctor to examine an injured employee, and provides a report to the carrier. The insurance carrier's decisions depend in large part on IME results.
TTD is your disability, under medical authorization, which leaves you unable to work. Benefits are paid for TTD after your accident to replace lost wages while you're recovering from your injury, and it's expected you'll return to work. Benefits may be paid every week or two, and the amount is a percentage of your average weekly pay.
TTD benefits are paid while you have medical authorization to be off work, or your employer doesn't have any work for you to do that falls within your work restrictions.
PPD is your lasting disability, resulting from your injury at work. For example, a complete or partial loss of use of a limb due to your accident.
Yes, if there's work that's within your doctor's work restrictions, such as light duty work. Typically, you receive your regular pay for light duty work.
Help from your attorney is usually needed to factor medical benefits into your settlement. Proper medical proof is needed. Usually insurance companies don't allow medical claims to remain open.
Workers' compensation provides for care that is reasonable and necessary. Disputes can come up between the IME doctor and your treating doctor, delaying approval. The dispute often ends with a decision by the state Industrial Commission on the necessary course of treatment, based on medical evidence presented by both sides.
The best solution is to meet with your doctor first, and arrange for the nurse caseworker, who is hired by the insurance carrier, to meet with the doctor after your appointment. You should receive a copy of any report made by the caseworker.
If you don't agree with test results, review them with your doctor. It's supposed to be an objective test, and if after review, you still don't agree, ask for another test. The insurance carrier likely won't want to pay for the exam, so your lawyer's help may be needed.
This test is an objective evaluation of your ability to do certain tasks, such as gripping, walking, bending, kneeling and lifting. The results are used in determining what type of work you can do when you return to your job after an injury.