I work as a shift manager for well-known national company. The store I am employed by is open 24hrs a day. I work the overnight shift so I can attend physical therapy (which is only available during normal business hours). Early yesterday morning, I was abiding by company policy and CA state law by declining to sell tobacco products to two 18-25 year-old hispanic males who appeared to be gang members. Were it any other type of merchandise, I would have simply let them take/steal the product so I could stay safe. But, knowingly giving the tobacco products to someone you believe may be under 18 is illegal. I was polite, but firm. One of them hit me extremely hard in the face. I stayed to complete the 7 hours left on my shift because none of my coworkers were awake to come assume my duties. There was substantial bleeding from and around my eye. I received emergency medical care about 12 hours after the incident. X-rays revealed no fractures, but I am expected to do a follow-up exam with a company-sponsored physician (i.e. one who may be in bed with my employer's claims administration company).
I already suffer from chronic pelvic pain and back pain from a pinched nerve in my lower spine. My physician reluctantly cleared me for work when I began suffering from this condition (I was 17 at the time; 5 years ago). I have since then graduated with honors with a BA in Business. I was unable to find another job, so I kept my position with this company. My employer could not accommodate/schedule me around physical therapy visits, forcing me to work the dangerous overnight shift. There is NO security on duty during my shift. The degenerate vermin who assaulted me appeared to be gang members. I am in a great deal of pain, even more than the pain I was in before the incident. I fear for my life because these gang members now know me - my manager elected to put my first AND last name on my name tag even though official company policy was to do away with last names in the workplace.
I do not feel safe and never want to return to either that store or that shift ever again. I am willing to work a different type of job/position, provided I my physical therapy visits can be accommodated. I would even sacrifice the therapy for assurance of my safety (i.e. NOT working at that particular store). How can I secure - *with certainty* - temporary disability benefits while I look for another job? I can't sleep, I have lost my appetite, and constantly fear for my safety. The emotional trauma accompanying the physical wound has made me unable to every return to that position.
I do not want a company-sponsored physician to simply write "There's nothing wrong with him." Because that is NOT true. What do I need to do to make the emotional/psychological pain and suffering evident to him? I have to see a company doctor within the next 1-2 days. Why can't I see an objective doctor who is not an advocate of my employer? I have had suicidal thoughts and have been extremely depressed because the one job I could work while attending physical therapy is now no longer safe. Being assaulted at work defeats the whole purpose of working at that store, and during that shift. What do I do?
--Claims administration is being handled by Sedgwick CMS. After reviewing other posts about them, I am even more concerned.