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Wisconsin Police Officer disability concern
Hi - I'm new to this. In a perfect world I'd find a police officer/ems/firefighter in Wisconsin who is currently out on work comp who may go out on permanent disability or already is. Almost 2 years ago on duty I tore ligament, broke ankle in two spots. Have had two surgeries. Lately dr. doesn't feel that I could ever return to work, I've told him for months I wanted to wait it out to see if I'd heal more - however, it looks like he may be right. I've been sent to an Independent Medical Examiner yesterday and waiting for the report on that. My question is to what to expect now? Could they force me out on disability just because the IME feel that I would be on permanent restrictions? Or can I get another opinion? I really want to go back to the job that I love, but am now believing that is not possible. Any help/advice/words of encouragement appreciated!!
I'm not sure what you mean by "force you out on disability"?
I assume you are on disability now. If the IME says you can't do the job the employer is not required to take you back. it's up to you whether you apply for additional disability benefits or not.
yes, you can get a second opinion.
check out the wisconsin work comp website.
check out the publication list
here's one on basic benefits
look into vocational rehabilitation options
P.S. public safety officers often have special provisions governing work comp benefits. check with your union on what yours may be.
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........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
Copcricket- WElcome to the forum, come often, ask questions or just share. Yes, you can get second opinon, as for being made to take diability that is up to you and doctors, you would not want to try and work and put your self and other in danager of you getting hurt again or rebreaking your ankle. So give it time and except that some times what we have to except is not what we want, but there is a reason for everything.
May God send his angels to hold you in his arms
I am on light duty, have been since last surgery eight months ago. I am not disabled at this time - no one has given me rating, determined end of healing, etc. I think they want me to go out on disability (work comp carrier/employer) I think it has been so long since I've been able to work patrol they want to hire a replacement. I work for a smaller department (about 30 of us) and my being out is straining resources (not just for my employer but for the other officers) I am very familiar with Wisconsin's benefits for disabled fire/police. There are special provisions for "us" - I'm just looking for what to expect until then.
disability can be either temporary or permanent. restricted or lite duty is considered temporary.
here is the guide with most of the basic information
including the section on VR
"If employees suffer from any serious work-related injury or disease that makes it difficult or impossible to do the work previously performed, they may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services may come from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation or from private sector vocational rehabilitation specialists referred to them by their insurance carrier or the Worker’s Compensation Division. The return to work services may include career planning, job placement or retraining of up to 80 weeks. Additional benefits could include the cost of transportation and maintenance if retraining occurs outside the employee’s home community. Any employee who has a permanent disability and cannot return to his or her job should contact the local Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. The employee may also contact the Worker’s Compensation/Rehabilitation Unit for further information."

i suspect your instincts are correct and they may have legitimate defense on a refusal to rehire.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
Hey copcricket! Funny how our departments love us until we get hurt. I sent you a message. Working the desk sucks when everyone else is out there having fun. My dept is also small. I'm sure they would love to get rid of me now, but it ain't gonna happen. I hope you are a member of FOP. Get them to help you. They have been wonderful to me.
Good Luck and prayers going up for you copcricket !
Injured worker, & tired of it all! I'm too old for games!!

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