okay, I fell down a flight of stairs at work 2 1/2 months ago. My foot caught one of those stupid bumps that prevent falls and I fell right down the stairs. I finally got approved to see "Their Doctor" the wc doc that is PAID for by the company I work for, which is a large bully. The doctor saw me and said do physical therapy and then in a month we will look into shots to help the pain.
After a month I went back, the doctor walked in with a return to work note. He sat down, I was sitting across the room and he asked how is it going, without looking at me, he was writing my return to work note. I told him, I have pain, he said "unless you are a paraplegic, you are not 100% disabled." I was in shocked and was like, umm ok...
He said, how is PT going, I said, good, slowly getting better I believe, but I am still not standing up straight, I walk with a crutch, I cant touch my damn toes, when I turn over in bed I yelp with pain. He said let me pull up the PT notes, and went to the computer and didnt evenpull them up, I sneezed and yelped in pain and he said "what is wrong with you." I said I am sick, he said ok, Be right back, and never came back, he was in the office with me for 3 minutes. I fell down a flight of stairs and have HNP displacement (whatever that means) and DDD, and my bottom disc is almost not there.
He wrote me a note to return to work for up to 4 hours shift and being able to move positions as needed. And to continue PT. So my job calls me and my lawyer calls me and says I have to go back, my job says I can stand up and sit down as needed but the computer is at hip level, I cant assist customers while yelping in pain as I sit and stand during phone calls.
The doctor that I saw, he did not mention the shots, nothing he came in with the note, he did not have me stand up, walk around, put my hands over my head... NOTHING. And apparently he said in his report that I can put my hands over my head and all that. And he didnt even look at me!!!
I dont know what to do. He did say for up to 4 hours on the note... so what do I do... go in and try? What if I get hurt more? I am on pain meds too, and they want me to drive into work and if I dont I am fired.
My lawyer only said I have to "try." And it wasnt my lawyer it was my paralegal which is the only person I deal with. Should I tell them I want a meeting with my lawyer? My "paralegal" said Maybe it will be good for you to try to go back to work, maybe it will make it better??????? I was like... ummm k.... And yesterday when I found out they are making me work Monday through friday for four hours a day sitting (which I am most comfortable laying but I will sit and I have to standand move around a bit to get the numbness in my toes to go away.)
I just dont know what to do... I was also just told ri9ght before they decided to "let me back" that they were going to fire me for being out. And now they want me back ? I was also told that they would make my work area "erminomicly correct." And I spoke with my job and they are not doing ANYTHING! They said I can sit and stand as I please and they are only giving me a 15 min break during 4 hours.
My primary care doc stated he does not want me working unless every 30 min of sitting I get 10 min of walking about. ONLY if I have to. But he doesnt want me to go. He says this other doctor is like "a Fox watching the hen house" whatever that means
I NEED HELP! Please, I am so scared I am going to end up worse after walking 300+ feet into the building and 300+feet around to my area, and I know they are going to make this hard on me and push every button I have....
WHAT DO I DO Im begging for advise... I am being made to go back tomorrow....