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SHOULD I WORK ONE-HANDED? Workers call often with an injured arm and the company doctors have told them they must go back to work even though the arm cannot do anything. The treating doctors often tell the worker to go back and work "one-handed." What does that mean? In Iowa, it means that you should follow the directions of the company doctor. If the doctor told you to work "one-handed" that is what you must do. Do not let your employer bully you into working with two hands. What happens many times is the injured worker will go back to work and the foreman will play dumb, instructing the worker to use two hands to sweep, or to do other light duty tasks. You should refuse to do this if your treating doctor told you to work with one hand. It is not your responsibility to make up work for a one-handed worker. If the employer wants you back, it must abide by the rules established by its own doctors. These can be very difficult cases because workers generally want to be cooperative, and help. But in this circumstance it does you no good to disobey the doctor's restrictions simply because your employer is throwing a hissy fit. Call if you are having problems of this nature. 


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