I injured myself at work nearly 6 months ago, it was properly documented immediately and i was seen by Physician. work tried to pressure myself and the Doctor I was seeing at the time in order to loosen my restrictions and return me to my job. there is alot more to that, however i stated i wanted a 2nd opinion and changed Doctors to avoid this. After a couple of months of light duty, they started pressuring me by creating a Hostile environment, discarded my work with my signature and license involvement, snide comments, ect. They then told me they were ‘short on staff’ and assigned me to perform my regular duties as a nurse and told me that it did not interfere with the physician’s orders to perform specifically designated tasks that were on a checklist. I explained to them that none of my duties were on that list and they stated that they felt they were close. I was to remain sitting without bending and perform tasks such as answering phone, organizing papers, ect. not close to pushing 1000lb med cart, lifting patients to perform treatments, ect, ect. not even reasonable. i declined the assignment because my nursing license requires me to complete an assignment after accepting it in order to not abandon care. also, if a patient requires rapid response like CPR, i am obligated after accepting to perform such which further exposes me to worsening injury. if i cannot accommodate, how can i be their nurse? huh, anyway it’s much nastier than this. so i declined assignment and lost job “quit”, declined available work. months later, injury is just as bad and Dr. suspects I developed fibromyalgia at site due to injury trauma. I know people probably whine about this all the time, but this has changed my life. I am in constant pain. I have lost thousands of dollars in wages i have not been compensated for. WC stated that they offered me an assignment “close” to what the MD ordered and i refused it, therefore obviously i am not entitled to monetary compensation and cannot accept another Nursing job d/t restrictions. Time for a Lawyer? Waste of time? Just does not seem fair.
The question is whether or not seeking legal representation for the loss of wages is frivolous, and what about my pain and suffering for six months.
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