My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Missouri
I fell at work on black ice in December 2011 and broke my right radius which required surgery, plate and 5 screws. I returned to work for 2 weeks and was unable to lift or bear weight with the injured wrist. I was sent to Plastic Surgeon who said I had suffered SLAC wrist and underwent four bone fusion, nervectomy and scaphoidectomy. This is my dominant hand. I have been in OT three times a week and all has been going well. I have not had any problems receiving my TTP payments or getting my bills paid. My company put me on WC LOA after my FMLA ran out.
My questions is, what if I return to work and unable to perform my duties? I am a nurse and I have difficulty making a fist and/or performing fine motor skills. My hand becomes very stiff and it is difficult to get the fingers to move. I lost 50% motion in my wrist, which I knew I would as a result of this surgery. I fear I will return to work and then be let go because I will not be able to perform.
What happens in this case? What will my options be? Unemployment? How do people pay their bills? I know this case is a long way from being settled and I just would like to have an idea of what to expect and how to plan. I hate to lose everything I've worked so hard for. Thanks for your help. This is a great forum!
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I should add, I will be 61 in July. I understand I cannot apply for social security (retirement) until 61.9 years of age. Is that correct? Thank you