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  1. #1
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    Feb 2010

    Lightbulb Can I Leave Work for Failure to Address Concerns of Work-Related Wrist Pain

    What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? MICHIGAN

    I work as a Security Officer for a company which I have worked at for a few years. I am officially rated as a Flex/Contingent employee. I am an employee of the company, and not a contract/outside officer.

    My day consists of occupying a post, where I write information down on a clipboard for the entire eight hour shift. Other officers have a rotation at this post for two hours at a time (only two rotations per day), and they do rounds the other two rotations. My position is specifically at this post all eight hours.

    In this post, I have to write information down on a clipboard for several hours at a time. During and after work, I realized how much pain my wrists were from holding my pen and clipboard at irregular angles for several hours. There are no other ways to hold it. I spoke with our in-house Occupational Therapist, and she stated she will try to get an easel out to this post to eliminate having to hold up the board. She told my superior immediately after I visited her, but he has done nothing so far. It's been about two months since I've notified him (but more time since I've been having these pains), and he hasn't made any changes. The pain stays for quite sometime after work, and rarely does it go away.

    I was wondering, would I be eligible for worker's compensation in Michigan?

    What about unemployment in Michigan?

    What is the best way to approach this situation? I would like to keep them as a reference for employment in the future. I have a perfect record, and have never had a negative mark on my performance reviews.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Behind a Desk

    Default Re: Can I Leave Work for Failure to Address Concerns of Work-Related Wrist Pain

    If you have a work-related injury, you can seek treatment and the treatment should be covered by worker's compensation.

    If you are claiming to be disabled from working, you will not be eligible for unemployment - you must be able to work to collect unemployment. If you believe your injury disables you from working you need to make a worker's comp claim and try to get a doctor to declare you disabled from work.

    How about following up with the OT? Or talking to your supervisor to see if the OT has made a recommendation and when it might be implemented?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009

    Default Re: Can I Leave Work for Failure to Address Concerns of Work-Related Wrist Pain

    Put your request for an easel, or whatever, in writing. And the reason for the request.

    Give to your department manager.

    Keep a copy for your records, along with a notation of when/who you turned it into.

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