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#151 Srihari

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Posted 01 April 2013 - 09:55 AM

i am working as design enginner



#152 ShariN

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:59 PM

Before the accident, I trained horses and worked in big greenhouses. 

 

Now,  I am back to doing Art. Is about all I can do. Do not make much but it keeps me busy.


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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:25 PM

I was a firefighter paramedic before my accident.

 

Now I am back to work in the Fire Chief's office doing desk work.


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Please check out the travel blog that my wife and I are starting!! http://www.traveling...ed.blogspot.com


#154 Navjot Kashyap

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 01:49 PM

I am a software engineer by proffession. 



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Posted 25 April 2013 - 06:15 AM

Nurse


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#156 Brneyed777

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 08:45 PM

​im an accountant and a student majoring in medical billing =)



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Posted 21 June 2013 - 09:01 PM

Hi  I was a Mechanical Engineer when I was hurt, working as A field engineer for a very large company on Very large projects, Power stations, pulp and paper, petrochem etc.

      I had refused the particular job, 3 or 4 times as being too dangerous to be done the way they wanted, as whoever was doing the guiding was going to be trapped, and if the 5000lb pressure vessel twisted it was going to rip whoever was there in two, and they had no opportunity or chance for escape. I fought it at every level, I wanted a overhead gantry, so it could go out straight out no chance of twisting, small cost. 

     I was instructed" that I had to do it and in fact I'd already been placed on a blacklist", so I would not get another job anywhere else, as I had complained about safety issues to many times. They had no safety in the work environment, it was a joke, and probably still is, as the number of fatalities still hasn't changed 2/day in ontario, if you can make any sense of the stat's.

    The Solution, I was given a young trainee and told to put him in the dangerous spot,{he cost less} without the experience to know what was about to happen to him, he had no chance.

     Needless to say I did it myself, at least I only got hurt and not killed, and I don't have his blood on my hands. It was basic physics, it wasn't even that sophisticated, and the manager was also an engineer, so he should have known what he was insisting on having done.

     Did I work again, not in engineering, I was fired after filing for long term disability and workers comp, as you have no choice and they have all the power over everyone, for ever even OHIP our own health care system. Many Doctors now won't treat you as  A result.

     All the paperwork was in order, it should have been really been easy, the labour board thought so, They fine him and awarded me $5000 for his unjust dismissal, falsifying records and safety violations, the Company was also  fined and their rating increased.

     I lost my career, spent the next 5yrs in agony fighting and lost my life savings/pension fighting and having surgery.

     I won but I would rather have just left, and moved to another country, I had a few offers on the table, and never had to put up with any of it.  All of this was on top of the fact, that I already had A back injury from a motorcycle crash and was supposedly on light duty while it healed, rather than being off as I could have been, and they were short staffed.

     I use to make close to, or over $100,000, loved my job, had a lot invested in it. I could only be awarded a max of $30,000 and never have An increase. A Bullshit system, Totally stacked against you, I won but lost everything, I wish I could go around explaining all, the shit I've had to put up with, and most of all losing the career I loved, and when tested by their work assignment psychologists was found to be in the 99th percentile for an Engineer, so it wasn't like I wasn't any good.

    I started my own business years after the injury, as recovering or just plain suffering was a full time job, as was fighting with all the insurance companies involved.

    What a stupid ridiculous system, I would have been better off in the long run if I'd done a bank job, and just lost 5yrs money. I could have obtained any level of further education for free inside, something they refused to do with rehab, as Quote " It may have bettered my situation" . Never mind the direct -$70,000/yr loss I was suffering, and was never going to return even if I won.  Seems fair to me, even if you win you get screwed. I have many other horrific stories, where either I survived with either  little or no injury, or someone else was killed instead.

      Ask me why I'm a little claustrophobic now, and have a little trouble with MRI's, you wouldn't believe me.


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#158 PeterS

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Posted 10 July 2013 - 01:22 PM

Worked as a systems analyst (IT) before my accident. Went straight back to my old job after rehab


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 06:29 AM

I was a mechanic pre injury working on transit busses last nearly 7 years now I'm released and not sure where or what gonna do but thanks to wife's income and my Ltd I don't qualify for medical so back to work I go for that

#160 WifesMyAngel

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:02 PM

I was a milkman...

 


I was a mechanic pre injury working on transit busses last nearly 7 years now I'm released and not sure where or what gonna do but thanks to wife's income and my Ltd I don't qualify for medical so back to work I go for that

I think I told you this before but im in the same situation youre in : /


  "You can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat those who can do nothing for them" -unknown

 


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 05:08 PM

machine operator. I ran a wire insulating machine worked 2 days on,2 days off,3 days on,3 days off. I loved it!! I made a lot of wire to power billion dollar wind and solar farms kinda cool I guess. I still have a job there and they are waiting for me to get better.



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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:43 PM

I am currently a stunt double and do all of Jason Statham's wheelchair fight scenes and high speed wheelchair chases.  I am also an underwear model for the "Chubby Cripple" clothing line....lol


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#163 Kinney Leonard

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 08:16 PM

I'm a mechanical engineer. I used to work in the power industry. I designed and fabricated process chillers for power plants and submarines. The last project I worked on was the San Fransisco municipal utilities district (SMUD) chiller system. I worked with Naval undersea warfare etc. Nowadays I cannot work in the field because of the confined spaces that are involved. I absolutely loved what I used to do. Now I engineer and draft projects for my uncles aluminum business. Good work but ,to me, not as exciting.

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 11:11 PM

I miss it a lot, tho.
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Boy do I understand that.
I was a executive chef, a ramp collapsed at work. Now I do a little metal work (tools jewelry) . And hope one day I can find something I can do full time just hate retirement.
Attitude the difference between an adventure and a ordeal

#165 JuliaBendy

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:11 AM

I was a General Practitioner, I medically retired 31/12/2013. I am still embarrassed how long I managed to ignore and then misinterpret symptoms.


Post op "jewellery" picture now.


#166 harlton

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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:47 PM

      I recently  found out, now it's all way to late, The cause of all my spinal problems is AA. I never understood what this does to your body,  what to expect from it. Nothing explained at all not uncommon, just oh it's adhesive scar tissue, no more surgery for you, and on the scrap pile. It's only recently when everything's  pair shaped and I'm in  trouble, that I've found out what it does. As my Doc was recommending more " emergency surgery"  I started to question even more. He's also recommending spinal injections. Thanks to more info now available on-line, I'm aware of what this is.

    When I confronted my Dr with the fact that I was told no 25yrs ago, no more spinal proceedures, the answer was Oh!, I stated it's in the surgical notes, he left the room,  I still cannot get an answer. I don't accept that Dr's should make decisions about your future and or your body, They are there to inform, so you can  decide, I thought this Dr understood that, as he's also called me a friend for the past 30yrs. 

   There seems enough on here, that are in a similar boat to me, and it's a very small sample, I bet that  aren't staying silent, about this with the shame your made to feel in this society, if unable to work.

   It seems to me that I've up-held my part, it's the professional in this  staying silent that's the problem, My recent heart and breathing problems, are down to this problem advancing, and it's only thanks to the MRI's  tech's pointing it out, that I know . The  3 specialists involved are still staying silent will not comment, get back to work?, I've never been  treated.

    The only thing that's happened is I've been cost minimised out of my life. I've never had any kind of rehab, I tried retraining myself even thou that was judged a failure before it was ever started, but not explained to me.

    The cause of  AA is said to be blood in the spinal fluid, strange how, I worked almost upto my first surgery, and I've never managed work since, never been unemployed before either.

     My own special kitted shop, was entirly funded by me, at my error.   How do we get real medical treatment, if these self governing Dr's can just lie like this.  I bet lots of us are getting the same treatment, and never getting back to work. 

     There's lots of talk about short falls for injured soldiers lately, and I've received solicitations with  comments from one injured soldiers group, about being treated/deemed, like injured workers. 

     My belief is niether group should be treated like injured workers.  We don't sign up for this risk, supposedly we are protected, and we get no danger pay, then only to be ignored and shunned. 

    I bet If you looked at injured workers like casualties, I bet our casualty rates, would far exceed any battlefield, I know the fatality rate in Ontario hasn't changed in 30yrs, and I mean no disrepect to our armed forces,  I understand from them, that they are being treated very similar, if not exactly the same, and it's unaceptable for both. 

    When I worked in the UK, I never had a close call, on major projects in the late 70's. Here in the 80' and early 90's, I had 3 very very close calls all due to either refused work issues, and or already noted, but completly ignored known problems.

    My General manager was from "Enbridge" they trained him on how to be a manager, I wonder why the pipelines are having such problems. 

 

   The practice of "deeming", should be ended for all parties, if you have been hurt, the least they can do is make sure you get whatever help you need, to get back to a "real job". Not thrown back in, usually on the very employer who hurt you to begin with. Then left there, until they can fire you, or make you leave. Or a fictious job, that will never exsist.   If you need, or want more training it should be provided. 

    I hold the equivalent of a degree from the UK, and worked as an engineer in Canada for seven years before that company went out of biz here,  I returned to my first company Canadian Div, I held/hold membership in many professional bodies, However Training to get my degree in Canada and get back into the work force, was withheld. It would have been far cheaper in the long run,for all of us, if they had. False economy.

    I understand it's far worse now, in this your co-operative, adversarial system, I know they refuse all my new med requirements , 

 

God help you all.



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Posted 28 February 2014 - 10:53 PM

 

 

I have owned my own video store in the past(when they used to be popular in the 90's)..I have been working for a state prison in California as a case records analyst..



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Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:40 PM

was and still am a psychologist. I work in domestic violence, which i love. I teach, supervise and do a small amount of client work. You'll never be rich of famous working in domestic violence but you'll have great colleagues.


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Things don't seem so bad since I took up heavy drinking


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 11:30 AM

I am currently a program manager for a large defense contractor.

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 01:22 PM

I was a Nurse / Paramedic / Firefighter

 

in my Spare time I was A Volunteer Mediator / Instructor Trainer in " Alternatives to Violence Project "

 

And in my spare spare time i was a Chef with my own Catering Business / and a Wedding Photographer and News  Photographer

 

I kept very busy, and now all my fancy cameras take snapshot of the world going by.

 

A.Ernst


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Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:10 PM

At time of injury- Sr in high school & working as Banquet Manager at historic restaurant.

Now- HR Generalist for 15 and a half years. Unfortunately I've been having lots of health issues over the last 2 years and I'm worried I may not be able to remain at my job much longer :(

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Posted 02 March 2014 - 07:47 PM

Physical Therapist for severe TBI, SCI, CP...   The Irony.


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Posted 26 March 2014 - 10:46 PM

I was an electronics/embedded software engineer. I'd just got my chartership too. But then I got transverse myelitis followed by relapses which fecked up my brain no end. It took a while to recover to reasonable degree. Thing is, how do you get back into your old role after several years? Tried secondary school teaching instead but my brain was still too mashed to make a success of that, and it's so damned hard!

So I still do electronics and software, for fun, and to keep my mind active and sharp, but I've gotta find a way to get back into my old field.

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There's always a way.

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Posted 27 March 2014 - 07:45 AM

I am a therapist and I write. I work from home and raise my kids. Love my job. :wub:


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Posted 27 March 2014 - 04:22 PM

I was young when I had my accident. I graduated from college, but now can't find a job. I had a great internship when I was in school - worked for a large corporation. I worked 40hrs plus took classes. I was always tired, got a sore, and had trouble finding a quality caregiver to help me get up and to work by 8am, so I although I want a job bad, I'm really nervous to get back to work. 



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Posted 27 March 2014 - 06:33 PM

President, CEO and Chief Bottle Washer who everybody hates at GO! Mobilty Solutions in Tucson, AZ


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 02:05 AM

Artist and writer



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 07:28 AM

I have cyber cafe attach to home, doing it for 2 years.


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Posted 28 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

http://www.thinkbeyo...om/default.aspx

 

I just came across this website the other day. If you are looking for a a job this may be a good place to start. All of the companies affiliated with Think Beyond the Label are actively hiring disabled people and are trying to create a diverse work environment.

 

Cheers!



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Posted 28 March 2014 - 01:54 PM

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