The Difference between Temporary and Permanent Work Restrictions

Work restrictions are bans that prohibit a worker from performing specific tasks due to concerns about their safety in the workplace. Temporary workplace-related injury work restriction can result from an injury faced by a worker in the workplace that can halt the worker’s work performance for a short period.

Permanent work restriction refers to workers’ inability to perform tasks permanently due to their bodily conditions.. The assessment of modified work on a permanent basis is different that modified work on a temporary basis.

In this article, we’ll look at the differences in the offers of workplace requirements for workers with temporary or permanent disabilities and how it affects their work performance. Let’s move down below to discuss these factors.

Importance of Permanent Work Restrictions

Due to the rules and regulations created by California’s Worker’s Compensation law, the work restrictions and limitations after an injury is no longer used to calculate permanent disability. After adopting the AMA guides, impairment is now used to calculate permanent disability. Nonetheless, employers will still use permanent work restrictions to assess whether or not a worker can come back to the usual and customary job and/or a permanent modified/alternative job. This process and assessment takes place after an injury has plateaued and permanent restrictions are given by doctors.

What to do During Period of Temporary Work Restrictions

Right after an injury, workers must report their injury immediately or a few days after the incidents have occurred. The sooner it is reported, the better it is. The next step after the worker has reported their injury is to file a worker’s compensation claim. Once the worker is seen by a doctor and temporary restrictions are issued the employer can either accommodate those restritions temporarily or not. If not the worker must be paid temporary disability by the adjuster.

These restrictions may only last several weeks, months, or years; the reason behind receiving compensation during that timeline is due to work not aggravating the existing injury or their ability to recover from those injuries.

Proof from a medical practitioner regarding the worker’s inability to work is essential to ensure that the worker gains temporary disability benefits. The worker CANNOT just call in sick or not show up for work when the employer has offered modified work. If they do they will not be entitled to temporary disability pay under California Law.

Permanent Disability Work-Related Injury Restrictions

In most cases, the compensation case doesn’t stop workers from working unless their injury is so severe that it causes an inability to perform regular work tasks. Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) is a doctor’s determination that the condition has plateaued and permanent restrictions may result.

Permanent partial or total disability has monetary value attached to it under California Law.


If you’ve sustained a work-related injury, it is highly advised to immediately report it to the employee and hire a lawyer to guide you through the necessary steps to get the best out of the compensation wages during the both periods of temporary and permanent work restrictions.

We at West Coast Worker’s Compensation Attorney (WCWCA) can help you with any compensation case. You should contact our law office for professional advice and information regarding your situation.