You should accept and perform any light duty work to the best of your ability. If you refuse light duty work, you may lose your rights to certain workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to.
Questions About Employment and Workers’ Compensation
Under 41-1-80, South Carolina protects workers who file a workers’ compensation claim from being fired or demoted. However, if you are habitually or willfully late or absent from work, drinking while at work, or violate specific company policy, the employer has an affirmative defense for their actions (basically that they will suffer no legal consequences if they can prove they fired you for these reasons).