I've been injured since February 2012. I was sent to an urgent care clinic, after an arm injury, where they gave a preliminary diagnosis of strain/sprain of the shoulder. My employer and I were instructed to light duty and that under no circumstances was I to use the injured arm until consulting an orthopedist. Basically, what that meant to my bosses was fulfilling job duties one-handed, regardless of the pain I was experiencing. I continued coming into work on time and working full days. The orthopedist appointment was scheduled for one week after the incident. Six days after being injured, and after spending a half-hour breaking rock with sledgehammer only using one handed (which caused my entire body to hurt from the odd work position), I was sent home after complaining to my supervisor about how what I was doing was not 'light duty' and was making the situation worse.
The seventh day was the panel orthopedist visit. I was told I shouldn't be working simply from the level of pain I'm experiencing. It was later found that I have torn shoulder ligaments. My personal orthopedist also believes there is an entrapped and stretched nerve in my bracheal plexus.
Until this point I hadn't ever been late for work, written up, and had a sick day once every four months, give or take. All of these had doctor notes. The only negative to my attendance record was a bad flu in late 2011 when I was out for four days, but also had a doctor note.
Either way, at this point I'm filling out FMLA papers, and they've already sent COBRA paperwork for when that runs out. I've been told that job security is not guaranteed in Pennsylvania during worker's comp, but how can this be legal if I was a good, hardworking employee who was injured doing a job I was instructed to do? And to top it all off, their insurer is giving the run-around.