Hello all. Below I will list my short story and maybe someone can give me some input on this situation and if its not legal what I should expect money wise when I sue my ex-employer
On the 13th day of last month ( tuesday )I was opening up a garage door at work and heard / felt a pop in my back. Immediate pain struck once happened. Thinking I pulled a muscle I figured that I woud give it a few hours to see what happened. A/b 3 hours later I notified employer via email and informed the owner of what had happened. He asked on a scale 1 - 10 what was the pain. I stated 8 and i believe i should go to the doctor, and i do not know how to do a workers compensaton claim. I got no further response back, so I decided to go to the doctor. So dr told me seemed to be pulled muscle said if not better is 2 days to come back. So called employer and updated and let him know dr said 2days and i can come back if back is better. He never said anything a/b the workers comp at this time. So 2 days later ( thursday ) no better called employer and left message i was going back to dr. He sent me a message back to let him know how it went. I went to dr and he gave me more meds and rec.physical therapy and to take off until the first of the next week. Called employer and told him what was going on and he stated WOW over a hurt back... I asked a/b the workers comp and he stated once it was turned into them it was out of his hands he couldn't do anything for me.
So Monday went to my PT appt and was still in pain so went back to Dr and he refered me to an orthopedic DR. So i then call my employer again and give him an update and he stated it was absurb and he doesn't understand how long this was taking. I asked a/b the workers comp and he stated he hadn't called it inyet and he would do later on b/c he was on sales calls and could not do at the moment. So i then go to the orto dr on wednesday and informed them as well this was a workers comp and i still don't knowwho the insurance is thru or if it had been called in yet. So called employer and they still hadn't called in yet. This was 1 week after the accident. She called it in and called me back with the claim info to give to dr.
Ortho Dr. said could not return to work until after my next visit with him he wanted to see me on april 5th, and until then go to PT 3 times a week and gave me some meds. So i then called my employer and let him know what was going on he was very frustrated with this and on the 28th of this month they sent me an email to let me know i was terminated this is what it states : Operations Manager has missed 2 weeks of work with no established return date.
My question is as stated 1 is this legal? and 2 i've chosen that i want to sue him for wrongful doing but what is the normal payout on something of this nature? I've contacted a lawyer but still pending an answer from them as far as accepting the lawsuit part.
Thanks in advance.