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Injured ankle

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Broreb1981
Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
edited August 2022 in Work and employment
I have injured my ankle. I tried to go back to work but was told by my manager, if you can get a lift or taxi and work your normal contracted hours then come back. I can't do that at the moment I'm on crutches, still in pain and need to start 2 hours later so my parents can give me a lift. My normal working hours are 6am - 12pm. He sent me this on a text message so I have proof. I then decided to call the director of the company who stated the manager had been in to tell him what he told me yesterday and the mangers reason for me not coming back to work was, if he now has to come n at 6am to start my work then he might as well carry on doing my work for the rest of the day and he wants you to come back when your fully fit and can work your normal hours. I dont think that's fair or allowed. am i correct
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
    edited August 2022
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    What should I do
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 54,694 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    @Broreb1981 sorry you've hurt your ankle, can you do your job on crutches?  If your struggling it might be worth going on sick until your ankle heals
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    I work in a office so I feel I could, I would be slower at walking but most of the time I would be sat down
  • Sandy_123
    Sandy_123 Scope Member Posts: 54,694 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yeah that makes it easier then working on your feet, would the opertunity working from home be available 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    You may find that having you in work on crutches could be a health and safety issue and could compromise the employers liability insurance 

    You would be a risk in case of an evaluation 

    If your employer thinks it us unsafe for you to return then yes they can refuse your return 

    Has your gp signed you as being fit for work? 

    Personally as an experienced hr manager I would not allow you back either until you can walk unaided 
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
    edited August 2022
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    Does that mean then that I'm technically suspended and shouldn't I get full pay. Also what if I had a disability that required permanent use of crutches can they then say I can't work for them anymore or even employ a new person who uses crutches or wheelchair
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    Also what if I had a disability that required permanent use of crutches can they then say I can't work for them anymore or even employ a new person who uses crutches or wheelchair

    @Broreb198, employers are obliged to discuss reasonable adjustments when a disability or health condition has been declared. Reasonable adjustments, if implemented well, would make it easier to access and use the environment just as well as other colleagues. 

    To answer your first question I don't think it means you're suspended, if you're needing to recover away from work, this might be covered by sick pay. 

    Let me know if I've missed anything, or have any other questions :)
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  • Sue_Alumni
    Sue_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 486 Pioneering
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    Hi @Broreb1981 what does your contract  employment say about contractual sick pay.  Sometimes an employer will pay your full wages off sick while others will only pay statutory sick pay. It seems that you don't have a problem doing the work it's just that you will have difficulties getting to work because you rely on your parents giving you a lift. Have you offered to make up the 2 hours at the other end of the day and work until 2 pm.  
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    I only get sick pay and yes I've offered but they have said no. So it's there problem now to do my work, I won't be going back until I'm ready. I'm OK for money so that's not an issue, it just seems silly me sat at home when I could be working but it's there choice. 
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    It's 4 weeks now since my injury and I have had to really fight to get someone to take a closer look at my ankle because I just felt something wasn't right and I'm glad I did. I had an ultrasound yesterday and one of the ligaments on the outside of my ankle is a complete rupture and something is wrong on the inside he couldn't say what but kept asking if I was sure I'd had an x ray. The rupture side is not too painful but the inside of my ankle is very painful. I'm thinking they may have missed a small fracture. He also said don't be surprised if they call you back for x ray or mri. I have to wait now for it to be confirmed and to see what happens next. 4 weeks of walking on my ankle because they said it was just a sprain, I hope I've not made things worse. 
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,562 Disability Gamechanger
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    Goodness me @Broreb1981 I'm glad to hear that you managed to get another check as well! The important thing to focus on now is that this rupture has been picked up. 

    I'm sorry it was missed, and I hope now that your ankle will be able to heal as well as it can do. Keep us in the loop with how things go, and please ask if you feel we can do anything to help :)
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    Had a call today I need surgery on my ankle... Oh god I'm so worried, I've got malignant hyperthermia. I'm going to have it done private but through the NHS so it should be quite quick. I can't believe it and A and E told me to walk on it. 
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,507 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you told the doctor about your malignent hyperthermia @Broreb1981? I hope that they'll be able to put your mind at ease a little, and that the surgery goes well!
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    I haven't seen anyone yet but I hope they know about it and I don't have to be put to sleep
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Glad you pushed your Doctor with this, i know it's not always possible, but in most cases we know our body's and know when things are not right. So well done on pushing it with Doc. Good luck with all 
  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    I'm seeing the physio today, the first person to see my ankle since I did it on 31st July. The surgeon is calling me on Monday. I also have a walking boot on now but it's not taken the pain away when I walk. 
  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hopefully you will get the opp done quickly @Broreb1981 and start feeling better, good luck and thanks for the update.
  • Adrian_Scope
    Adrian_Scope Posts: 11,292 Scope online community team
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    How did your physio appointment go @Broreb1981?

    Good luck with the surgeon and I hope they can schedule your surgery soon. 
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  • Broreb1981
    Broreb1981 Community member Posts: 165 Courageous
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    The physio didn't do anything just made sure the boot and crutches are correct. The surgeon called me and said he does fix the problem surgically but only after 12 weeks and if physio has failed, so I have physio on Thursday and the surgeon is calling me in 8 weeks
  • Cartini
    Cartini Community member Posts: 1,108 Pioneering
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    SueHeath said:
    Glad you pushed your Doctor with this, i know it's not always possible, but in most cases we know our body's and know when things are not right. So well done on pushing it with Doc. Good luck with all 
    I can`t remember which paper it was, or the year I read it, but Drs were advised "to listen to their patients because they know their body".

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