On March 5th, 2016, I was injured on the job. I was placed on workers comp. During this time I contacted my employer letting them know my status and I never got a response. On April 19th, I contacted my supervisor letting her know I was able to come back to work. I received no response. The following day, I got a call from workers comp saying my employer has a position for me that was part time at a location where I did not have to lift anything. I agreed and was told to follow up with my employer. I called workers comp asking if she had contacted my employer regarding this position and when I was able to start and she said my employer said the position was no longer available to me. Workers comp said she would contact them again regarding work. I got a call back on April 22nd and she said my employer would be putting together a schedule for me and would contact me when it was finished. Days passed and I heard nothing. I emailed all of my bosses regarding this schedule on April 25th with no response. On April 26th, I contacted my supervisor again and she stated that the location I worked in (there are several) was shut down and I no longer had a position available to me.
You should talk to a lawyer. You have multiple issues. Most attorneys will offer a free consultation based on what you have written.
You are experiencing issues with your worker's compensation and returning to work. Having an attorney to help you through these issues may help take the stress out of the situation for you.
You were also originally injured on the job, and there may be claims beyond worker's compensation you should speak with an attorney.
You may have a case worth pursuing. Talk to an attorney.
If you were injured on the job, you should immediately speak to an attorney about your Workers' Compensation claim. Even though your employer may have informed their Worker's Compensation insurance company, this does not necessarily mean that the Workers' Compensation BOARD (the state agency responsible for overseeing/policing the administration of claims and resolving disputes between the insurance company and the claimants) is aware of your claim at all. As for the return to work issues, employment law is a separate area from Workers' Compensation law, and you would need to consult with an attorney with expertise in that area for advice on that issue. Based on what you've said here, though, you certainly need to talk to a Workers' Compensation attorney.
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Your best bet would be to get a face-to-face consultation with a good local attorney, who can sit down with you and get all the relevant facts and best advise you of your rights, and how to proceed. You can start your search through this site, by clicking the "Find a Lawyer" tab at the top of this screen, and then searching for a workers compensation attorney in your city and state. Best of luck to you.
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