About a year and a half ago, I experienced a lifting injury while on the job. I was returned to work with no basis for declaring me fit for duty, then when I didn't recover as they wanted, they (again with no medical or objective reason) declared a minimal permanent impairment which meant they could terminate injury medical coverage and WC lost wages. I lost my inpatient position and was eventually placed in a specialty clinic where heavy lifting was not required.
Long story short, I didn't fight it initially because I was in pain and nobody was able to figure out why I didn't heal on the expected timeline. Healing has been a long slow journey, but I have paid for care out of pocket and my physical therapist is encouraging me to get the ball rolling on having my "permanent" lifting restrictions removed. That's a fight I'll go about on my own (independently for finding new work elsewhere, then with a lawyer when I go after the system that deliberately mishandled my injury). My question is not about that process.
My question is, how do I go about explaining the career shift when I start to interview again? I have been out of acute care for a year, and I never would have chosen to leave - at least not for my current situation. If I mention that I had an injury and they could not hold my original position, I believe that is a reasonable explanation for why I would leave, and why I want to come back. I would not mention the prolonged healing process, only that I have medical clearance to work again.
My concern is that if I mention being injured, I'm not sure if that will prejudice interviewers against me with the worry that I'll end up re-injured or unable to perform.