O.K., so I'll make this as short as possible!?!
I have wanted to quit my job for some time, but 2 years ago was injured at work. (right wrist) I filed the injury, saw a dr., and a rare infection was found. This resulted in surgery, physical therapy, and a year of medication. (all paid for by WC, including lost wages) Then I waited to hear from them on settlement, and planned to turn it down for open medical, worried that infection might return! (tried being nice, by not getting an atty involved!) They simply closed the case, without even contacting me! So I hired an attorney! 3 weeks later, my infection returned as I had worried about! So, I have just finished surgery #2 and physical therapy and have returned to work! Now I'm looking at a 1-1/2 years of medication! Then I will get MMI rating, then go to court, and I'm expecting a few years of open medical and weekly ppd payments! (not sure how much - not really the point!)
So my question is: If I stick it out for the 1-1/2 years and keep working, go to court and get the open medical and ppd awarded to me, Can I then quit my job? Will I still be entitled to the open medical and/or ppd payments? Or will quiting my job forfeit these benifits/awards? I feel handcuffed to a job that I truly wanted to quit - prior to this injury! Not to mention, I'm scared to death of future infections - this line of work puts you in direct contact with many sources of infection - it's just part of the job - no way around it!
Thanks in advance for any help or advice!.......And p.s. Yes, I plan to ask my attorney next week, but right now, he just keeps stressing that I should NOT quit my job!?!