Fired after permanent injury at work...

by Frustrated
(Kansas City, MO)

I was crushed at work by approximately 3,000 lbs when a forklift truck knocked over a pallet on top of me. My injuries are:

-broken leg/ankle, surgery with hardware
-broken pelvis, surgery with hardware
-broken collar bone
-7 broken ribs
-messed up shoulder
-damaged ligaments and tendons

I reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI) on a Wednesday and was laid off that Friday. Now I have permanent disability and NO INCOME!!!

I was only on the job 3 weeks when this happened and now they're saying I was fired and can't collect what little unemployment is due me. I do have an attorney but I'm broke and frustrated at system. Shouldn't I be able to collect workmans compensation benefits? What are my options? Thanks.

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ANSWER for "Fired after permanent injury at work...":

Frustrated (Kansas City, MO):

From the facts you present it appears you were receiving Workmans Compensation medical benefits while treating for your injuries. You may have also been receiving reimbursement for your lost wages.

The State of Missouri is not a “Right to Work” State. As such you may be protected by your company union. If your company has an employees union and you are a member, they may be able to provide representation to you; representation which may help you recover your job, or possibly help you with some supplemental income.

If you are not a member of a union and you believe you were wrongly terminated you may have some options. If you feel you were terminated as a result of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious preference, sexual preference, or age you may have some legal grounds with which to confront your employer in an effort to either be rehired, or at a minimum to provide to you some additional income while you are searching for new employment.

It is our policy not to interfere with our readers’ attorney-client relationships. We therefore urge you to listen to your attorney’s advice. Do not hesitate to ask her the questions you have. If you are not satisfied with those answers you may consider retaining new counsel.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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