|Post by Anne Marie Hempy|
Here is what happened. The Claimant worked for Rent-A-Center and injured her neck, shoulders and chest while moving a heavy piece of furniture. The authorized treating provider released her to return to light duty work, but the employer would not allow Claimant to return until she received a full duty release. While Claimant was out of work receiving temporary total benefits (TTD), she returned to school and received certification to work as both a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and a phlebotomist.
Approximately five months after the accident, the treating provider released Claimant at maximum medical improvement (MMI) without restriction. Rent-A-Center offered the Claimant her previous position, but she refused because she did not want to work with the same co-worker whom she faulted for her injury. She also declined an offer to work in an alternate location. Claimant resigned from her employment and found a new job. The Claimant later accepted a job as a CNA with KershawCountyMedicalCenter. When Kershaw officials learned of her prior work accident, they asked her to obtain a letter from her doctor stating she was able to perform the duties of her job, despite the prior full duty release. She was not allowed to return to work until she obtained this letter.