I was in a MVA- work related suffered othopedic injuries and head injury. I am a white collar prof. I worked for a couple months post accident with lifting restrictions. Ended up in ER and was placed taken out of work due to concussion. I returned 2 mon later in a part-time basis but tone at work was escalating and neg. I was still testing for full scope of injury and was told by doc i needed surgery on shoulder. I had surgery - 4 week later I returned still with limited schedule for the head injury and same ortho restrictions. My ER took me inot HR and placed me on personal leave stating they have no work I can do. I was then contacted by LTD carrier (Co thrid party admin) My doc wrote a return to 40hour work with accommodation about 60 days ago and my ER did not contact me with
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I am sorry to hear about these serious medical and employment problems. It sounds like you might have a viable ADA case; generally, it is a violation of the ADA to require a "full release" before allowing an employee to return to work, provided the employee can perform the essential functions (main parts) of his or her job, with or without reasonable accommodation. You may also have a workers' compensation case under your state's laws.
I urge you to contact one or more experienced employment law attorneys with whom you can discuss the details of your situation. You can find a plaintiffs employment attorney on the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) web site www.nela.org. NELA is the largest and most influential bar association in the country for attorneys representing working people. You can search by location and practice area. Also, NELA has affiliates in every state and many cities which are listed on the NELA site. Not all NELA attorneys are named on the web site or affiliate site. This should not influence your selection; attorneys can choose whether or not to purchase a listing in the national directory, and each affiliate has its own rules for listing.
I hope you can resolve your situation and wish you the best.
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