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    Question Do I Tell My Employer About My Medical Problems

    My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: NV
    I have not filed a claim yet because I am afraid of the repercussion. I have been with my employer for over 12 years, I have moved 3 times for them in the last 3 years to take on new territories, I have been well respected within the company. My issue is that for the last 11 months I have been having headaches almost everyday and for the last 5 months neck and back tension. I am currently now seeing a pain management specialist. My new doctor is still in the "process of elimination" for the root cause of my medical problems but his initial thoughts are that I have some form of neck problem, possibly arthritis of the spine and that my stress activates or makes it worse. I am definitely under a lot of stress and have a job that requires many hours of sitting, traveling, talking on the phone or sitting at a computer. I have noticed my work has started to slip because I find it hard to concentrate, learn new things or recall what I have already learned, I also get frustrated easier. It takes me longer to complete the same work that I have been doing all these years and my supervisor just continues to push to excel. I want to find another job, and have been actively been looking but I am afraid that I will not be able to maintain the type of job that will maintain my lively hood due to my inability to concentrate and learn new things. Being a supervisor myself I am afraid to tell my supervisor about my medical problems because even though it is against the law to discriminate, employers will often find a way to "move you out". My problem is if I am terminated due to performance do I have a leg to stand on because I didn't notify my employer about my medical problems? My doctor visits are documented through my insurance so unless I file a WC claim, is there really a need to tell my employer? Do I have cause to even file a claim? I have always thought of stress as a poor way of someone not wanting to work but given my last 11 months I feel like kicking myself for thinking that way.

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    Default Re: Do I Tell My Employer About My Medical Problems

    YOu need medical evidence through your Dr that your injury/illness is related to your work.
    My problem is if I am terminated due to performance do I have a leg to stand on because I didn't notify my employer about my medical problems?
    A medical condition as diagnosed by a physician is not necessarily a 'disability' under ADA/EEOC...your employER would not be required to make any reasonable accommodation to your medical condition if it is not a disability under the ADA definition. And, not all work related injuries are disabilities, even though Congress has expanded the definition.
    My new doctor is still in the "process of elimination" for the root cause of my medical problems but his initial thoughts are that I have some form of neck problem, possibly arthritis of the spine and that my stress activates or makes it worse. I am definitely under a lot of stress and have a job that requires many hours of sitting, traveling, talking on the phone or sitting at a computer.
    A 'stress/psych' claim is not due to what you describe. Psych claims result in mental impairment.\
    What you complain to may be CT/Cumulative Trauma as there is no specific onset injury. Again, you need the medical evidence from your Dr to support your claim for WC benefits.

    The only time you are required to provide medical information to your ER is if you file the claim for WC benefits, or for unpaid leave under FMLA. If your Dr feels a period of time away from your job, you could use vacation time, sick days, or PTO...and FMLA for up to 12 weeks/annum job protection.

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