No i never quit. I went on long term disablility, Federal law says 6 weeks, but the hospital adds another 6 weeks to the long term. My doctor told me after about 3 weeks I could not return and then I waited the rest of the 12 weeks to see if another position was open. After maybe 5 weeks it had become obvious if I couldn't walk 5 minutes, pick up anything over a sheet of paper or sit longer than 10 minutes I applied for State Disability (hospital workers in this state have the option to choose this retirement plan). When I called state retirement they told me I had been fired!!!!!! 1. I was still on long term disability. 2. I was still getting sick leave checks, the hospital news letter and the credit union statements. That's when my spouse said we were getting a lawyer.
I didn't have an injury that had little "bright lights and sticky stars around it" I worked a usual night and then only thing I did was help move a bed from a semi to a private room. I'd done it maybe 200-300 times over the years. I went home, went to be, next morning I couldn't move my legs and my left foot was numb. When if finally reached Worker's Compensation hearing, the judge heard several witnesses either lie or say things it was obvious they had no knowledge of how things went. She asked me and all the witnesses to wait in another room and my lawyer said she told them (he and other lawyer) to get this straighend that they had no case and were wasting her time. Then I got social security easily-no lawyer it just takes a long time. And I got disability about 3 months later is a huge check and then a weekly check-it pays some of the bills. I'm happy my husband still had a check coming in.
I was making about 65k a year and now make about 23 k. But hey gas is a lot lower when you don't travel 100 mi a day 4 days a week