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severe ankle injury and on WC
I wasnt sure how to title this. Im sure I will find this site resourceful over the next few months. I am located in OR, at this point I do not have any legal representation of the sort. Approx. 1 week ago I had a trip and fall incident at work. The outcome is a severly shattered heel bone in my left foot that will require surgery, 3 months with no weight bearing, and 6 months total to recover if everything goes ok. as of right now everything is going through workmans comp just fine. But i have some concerns with what my long term picture will be as the doctor is not very optimistic about a recovery with full motion and is bracing me for a life of severe arthritis in that foot due to the severity of the injury. I work a job as a automotive technician that requires me to be on my feet 10-12 hours a day, heavy lifting, twisting, stooping, bending etc.... my question here is, if im not cleared to return to my normal job, how does that work. Am I forced to take whatever job they may throw at me, or is there any discretion in the matter. My education is not a parts driver, its not selling cars, and its not being a service advisor these are things i would rather not do. In the long term if i was told i cant wrench anymore i would rather go back to school to learn something like electrical engineering, im not a very customer facing individual unfortunately. My worry is that my career may be over and i dont want to be forced into a position that I wont excel in. Anyone have any input to how this works and maybe what i should be expecting in the upcoming months
it's good that you are looking at the big picture from this early.
the sooner you focus on a new occupation the more prepared you'll be and maybe reduce the financial hardship of serious injury.
Oregon does provide vocational rehabilitation benefits for those that have to change careers due to a work injury.
you can start learning about the benefit from the oregon website here
while you will have some discretion the goal is a quick return to work with as close a wage replacement as possible.
work experience and transferable skills will often provide the best direction for new jobs. a vocational counselor will help direct the formulation of suitable rehabilitation plan.
review the material and contact the ombudsman's office for specific help
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