My claim is filed in : UTAH
*botched ER job (3 stitches then sent on my way)
*back to work, no modifications
*3 months telling the company nurses-about biweekly-things weren't right
*nurses insisted that I was fine
*went to my own physician, he sent me to specialist
*approved for w/c
*specialist - surgery to repair previously unrepaired nerve damage
*OT/ 6 months w/c , not at MMI
Last week HR requested that I get a fitness for duty certificate from my Doctor. HR claimed that Doctor's information was unclear, and sent me back to get clarifications ( 2x.) This is a busy Doctor, and he is losing his patience, but I am the messenger/patient placed in the middle. Doctor states that I cannot work in an environment where extremes of temperature are present and I cannot use my left hand. This is a frozen food production factory (The temperatures are always extreme). HR said there is no clear reason why I cannot work and sent me back to work (10 hour shifts putting frozen food into trays) the next day. Accomodations are that I can use my right hand only and wear a cotton glove for warmth on my left hand. 4 hours of this and my left hand was throbbing. It is COLD on the floor and we are working w/frozen product. I went home. I explained to HR that I did NOT feel that they were meeting my Doctor's recommendations. They said that they will allow me to have an additional glove, and that they are willing to accomodate but it seems that I am not.
Now my question...
Do I have to accept my employer's version of accommodation as well as their interpretation of not working in "extremes of temperature"?
I am trying to nurse my injured hand (keep it warm and protected in a cold and fast paced, precarious environment) while there has been no modification in the workload I am expected to do. Please be aware that everyone else is using two hands.
HR also stated that they are suspending pay while I get further clarification from my Dr. because I am choosing not to work in their accomodation.