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Cath111CCath111 Posts: 3,553
edited 01/07/2013 - 12:25 PM in Chronic Pain
I got fired today. Ain't life grand? Here I sit recovering from major surgery and get a call from my employer telling me that a mistake I made before I went out on FMLA (some personal mail fell in my trunk when I went to deliver it and wasn't found for a week, not business mail mind you, but personal employee mail). Although it all worked out for those peeps, I apparently did not and am now out on my ass.

I can't get rid of this friggin' nerve pain in my left leg so going to try a Medrol pack. Then I get kicked in my very sore back by my employer.

Man, sometimes we just can't catch a break!

They decided to "let me go" and gave me a severence package - do you think I could get unemployment?


Cathie the broken

PS I posted here because my life has become a Chronic Pain.


  • RTgirl2011RRTgirl2011 Posts: 511
    edited 01/07/2013 - 12:50 PM
    I was fired right after my staph infection washout surgery. They called me while in was still in hospital and fired me caused my illness kept me from coming back to work when they wanted. I worked at a hospital, so you would think they would understand. I just had a fusion then 2 weeks later I had the washout surgery. How could they expect me to be able to come back real quick after all that. Needless to say I had another fusion a couple months later and now I am on disability. I don't know if you can get unemployment with severance package. I would try it and see. The most they can do is say no.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • When it rains it pours sometimes. I can't believe they did that to you. I would think they'd be more understanding. Personally, I think they were trying to find a reason to get rid of me anyway, so it would've been now or later. I'm hoping to find a job working from home. I don't think financially I could wait out disability.

    I know you can get unemployment with a severance package, but can you if you've been fired? That's what I'm not sure about. I'll try and see, all they can say is no, like you said.

    Called you in the hospital...Lord Almighty, some people have no heart at all!
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  • ...I've never been fired in my life. I've been laid off due to downsizing, but never fired in 40 years.
  • Have you seen or signed the severance agreement? Often in that is an agreement that you will not sue your employer. They may be trying to get you to go away quietly. I would say you should consult an employment attorney right away. Had you had any verbal or written warnings prior to your going on leave? Does your leave document say anything about disciplining/firing/giving severance to someone already on leave? If you are considering the severance, you could negotiate that they would indicate you failed to return from medical leave vs. being "fired".

    PM me if you want to discuss.

    Take care,
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Sounds as they was just looking for a reason to fire ya, while out on fmla call a lawyer ! Wronful termination !
    Dont sighn anything , They might be taking advatage of the situation while you just came out of surgery and fmla you might have some protection ,

    Tell them stick there package where the sun dont shine and find a good lawyer !

    What ever they claim you did dont admit to anything you have the right to remain silent. Anything they put in writing can be held against them in court of law. Lol. Ok maybe i been watching too much law and order !

    Fight back is what i say !
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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  • lstellerllsteller Posts: 1,428
    edited 01/07/2013 - 5:02 PM
    You can get unemployment if you get fired. You can't get it if you quit.
    I'm so sorry to hear this happened. I sucks that too many employers kick their loyal employees when they are already down.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • backbback Posts: 190
    edited 01/08/2013 - 1:41 AM
    If you're fired for cause, that can throw a wrench into the works. Try and get the most out of them that you can without burning bridges.

  • Oh Cathie, Im so sorry. It sucks to be terminated while still recuperating from spine surgery. I know because it happened to me to. I worked for a small doctors office with under 50 employees so we didn't even have FMLA. I was allowed 6 weeks of leave and the day that my leave was up they put my termination papers in the mail. I still cannot work and am having knee surgery on Jan. 18 and possible lumbar fusion this summer. I had never been fired from a job either, never even been written up :( I signed up for disability in Oct. but haven't heard anything so far:(

    I think it is great to start a business you can do from home Hopefully you will still have insurance.

  • same thing happen to me .i was forced out of work .but after a lot of mucking around i went on full time disability .i am not that much worse off financially now taking travel/parking /clothing lunch etc in to consideration ..its juts the loneliness that's the killer and missing the work place environment
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Sometimes you just can't catch a break no matter what! :sad: I am so sorry to hear this.

    I would also be curious about what a lawyer would have to say about this; they can probably even argue that the mistake you (allegedly) made was due to your pain levels....you never know.

    Take care and keep your chin up; "The world is round, and sometimes the place that seems like the end can also be the beginning." Good luck!

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