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    I was a outstanding officer in va for 4.5 years.Nothing on my record but good cards officer of the month , national life saving ect. Fast forward ,I went a a protective custody call and was injured I sustained a head injury and was out for 1.5 being treated for post concusion.I try to get a second opinion but my case worker said that they were sticking with dept doctors opinion.I t was his opinion not a medical diagnoses that I have my badge taken away and let go so I wouldn't get hurt again.I questioned the doctor and he got mad and wouldn't see me again,his partner refered me to a specialist for head injury specialist who has a brain trauma center that is the best in the country and I was tested and physically and mentally as he even pulled my child hood records to see if I ever had a concusion.His diagnoses was no.After he put me on the right medication and treatment he sent me to train with the navy seals trainer for 3 months.I have received complete release with no restrictions from the doctor and am in the best physical and mental shape of my life.And while I was out got a private investigation licence as well.
    fast forward again I tried to get my job reinstated and human resources said there sticking with the doctors opinion not a specialist medical diagnoses.Im only 27 and I just want to serve I love my job I have a passion for what I do...what to do any sugestions

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    Originally posted by ronprazn View Post
    I was a outstanding officer in va for 4.5 years.Nothing on my record but good cards officer of the month , national life saving ect. Fast forward ,I went a a protective custody call and was injured I sustained a head injury and was out for 1.5 being treated for post concusion.I try to get a second opinion but my case worker said that they were sticking with dept doctors opinion.I t was his opinion not a medical diagnoses that I have my badge taken away and let go so I wouldn't get hurt again.I questioned the doctor and he got mad and wouldn't see me again,his partner refered me to a specialist for head injury specialist who has a brain trauma center that is the best in the country and I was tested and physically and mentally as he even pulled my child hood records to see if I ever had a concusion.His diagnoses was no.After he put me on the right medication and treatment he sent me to train with the navy seals trainer for 3 months.I have received complete release with no restrictions from the doctor and am in the best physical and mental shape of my life.And while I was out got a private investigation licence as well.
    fast forward again I tried to get my job reinstated and human resources said there sticking with the doctors opinion not a specialist medical diagnoses.Im only 27 and I just want to serve I love my job I have a passion for what I do...what to do any sugestions
    your situation needs to be addressed by a competent labor law attorney who is experienced with Law Enforcement situations.

    Nobody on this forum is qualified to give you advice on your problem.
    Since some people need to be told by notes in crayon .......Don't PM me with without prior permission. If you can't discuss the situation in the open forum ----it must not be that important

    My new word for the day is FOCUS, when someone irritates you tell them to FOCUS

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    • #3
      Yea I have one now

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      • #4
        Iowa #1603 is 100% correct. Don't get counsel on an internet forum, your lawyer can be much more helpful.

        “Truth is not what you want it to be; it is what it is, and you must bend to its power or live a lie.”

        Miyamoto Musashi

        “Life Is Hard, But It's Harder When You're Stupid”

        George V. Higgins (from The Friends of Eddie Coyle)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by ronprazn View Post
          Yea I have one now
          hope its not our new resident lawyer from another thread here

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          • #6
            While you're at it, you may want to delete your OP. Attorneys have a funny way of finding stuff online and somehow using it against you.
            Getting shot hurts! Don't under estimate the power of live ammo. A .22LR can kill you! I personally feel that it's best to avoid being shot by any caliber. Your vest may stop the bullet, but you'll still get a nice bruise or other injury to remember the experience.

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            • #7
              Interesting that you label it as unlawful termination.

              If they fired you because you got hurt, yes.

              If they are retiring you, to protect you from further injury and them from further liability, there's nothing unlawful about it.

              There are many willing people who want to be good cops, but injuries happen and recoveries are slow.

              If you were "fired" you own them. If you're being retired, against your will, you have an uphill battle that perhaps you should re-evaluate.
              "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

              Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

              Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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              • #8
                Kieth has a good point. Young cops get unwanted medical retirements all the time. It is the nature of the LEO beast.

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                • #9
                  ronprazn,

                  I can't speak for your state but in mine, if your job related injuries are such that you can no longer perform the critical tasks of your position, you are medically separated and receive a disability retirement.

                  If, prior to reaching service retirement age the pension system determines you are capable of performing the full duties of your job, as a matter of law you are entitled to reinstatement and your pension is terminated. However, if your department refuses to reinstate you, the law requires that your pension continue.

                  Is this similar to what's going on with you?
                  Going too far is half the pleasure of not getting anywhere

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