Hello, my name is Noah, and I was wrongfully terminated from the worlds largest small munitions manufacturer in Independence, MO. I worked for a temp agency, and one night on the job, I started to suffer severe stabbing back pain, from all the movements that come with assembly line work, stooping, bending, twisting, etc. so much so that I had to cease work activities and be checked out at the on-site fire department. I declined transportation by ambulance because of costs involved, and transported myself to the nearest ER. I was diagnosed with lumbar strain and was sent home with muscle relaxers. The next day I was sent to the companies work comp doctor and was briefly checked out by a doctor for roughly 5 mins or less, tapped the knees, listened to the heart, and was released to FULL DUTY with no treatment except to ice it every night.
I then took a heavy dose of ibuprofen and returned to work, did all the pre-work exercises recommended by the company..still my back troubles returned, with severe back stabbing pains. I informed my supervisor of the situation, and was told to go home for the night and they would arrange another visit to the doctor.
I return to the work comp doctor and again am diagnosed with lumbar strain, put on medrol steroids, and told to ice the area nightly. I am then released to modified duty with a lifting limit of 10lbs. My immediate supervisor at the temp agency informs me that they would not be-able to accommodate these lifting limits and would attempt to find me a job on plant that would be suitable. Nothing was ever found for me so I am off work til my next appointment a week later.
I go back to the doctor on the 5/24/2012, feeling much better, but not completely healed..I am then again released to full duty. So the temp agency basically blows me off, and then finally says that they will still try to place me in a more suitable position. I tried to call week after week, leaving voicemail after voicemail with no reply. I am told by the onsite manager that I would probably not be allowed to work there anymore because of "pre-existing injuries". Basically telling me, you're an insurance liability so we want nothing to do with you. I again return to attempting to contact them.
I am then forced to apply for unemployment benefits, and am approved. Finally I find a local job (not with same company) to make a little bit of cash to get by.
A few days ago, I call the onsite temp agency office on-plant, the office got new management. I explain that I have worked for them before and that I am looking for an available position. I am told YES that there is available positions that they are looking to fill and that they would ask my managers in building 3 if I am qualified to return. About 4 minutes later I get a call back from her, and am told that I am not eligible to ever return to the facility for work. When asked why, I was given no reason, just told, "just because you're not".
So all a sudden out of nowhere, working there almost 4 months, I hurt my back and all a sudden i'm not eligible to work for you?
I would appreciate any enlightenment, and encourage a lawyer to contact me regarding this case.