Must I sign any forms once I return to work?

Your employer may ask you to sign a document called a Final Receipt when you return to work. If you sign a Final Receipt, you admit that all disability related to your work injury has ceased. Signing that document can have drastic consequences if your injury recurs or if you are laid off from your new lighter duty job. Therefore, if you continue to suffer from your work injury despite your ability to return to work in some capacity other than your time of injury job, you should insist upon signing only a document called a Supplemental Agreement. A Supplemental Agreement will act to suspend or modify your benefits but will not constitute an acknowledgment that you have fully recovered. The Supplemental Agreement should also set forth a modified benefit rate if you have returned to work at less than your pre-injury wages.