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Feeling Low after Accident

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by Woodyway19, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    Your school sounds like an horrendous place to work. I can only echo other posts, this is a workplace accident that needs dealing with officially. Best wishes!
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  2. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    Respect: I bet you are an amazing teacher!
  3. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    I am not so sure about this. There was a thread quite recently from somebody who was denied pay during the holiday because they were sick and did not send in sick notes as required by the Burgundy Book. It was agreed that this sounded wrong, but I don't know what actually happened. I think the best bet would be to get a sick note to cover the holiday, which would ensure that you got your sick pay. I can't see any downside to doing this.
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  4. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    Regarding the accident, have you discussed the possibility of compensation? If it were down to negligence (not all accidents at work are, but if it was due to bad maintenance it might well be) then you might be eligible for a decent sum. But you would need specialist advice, preferably via your union or another specialist paid for by your home insurance.
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  5. Woodyway19

    Woodyway19 New commenter

    I’m attending OH shortly. I am a cancer survivor and following my diagnosis, surgery and treatment several years ago, I suffered awful anxiety and depression. I recovered well and decided to get on with life again. I found new work, as my illness didn’t merit a health pension. Sadly, this whole episode (accident) is dragging me down again.
    I’m covered by the DDA/ equality act as a cancer survivor but don’t suppose this will apply to the current situation I find myself in?
  6. Woodyway19

    Woodyway19 New commenter

    I had a visit from a colleague last week. I thought the visit would be supportive, bringing good wishes. Far from it. The person was bearing a message, to extend my sick leave as long as possible. If I return my life will be made hell. Couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
    I suspect they’ve someone far cheaper covering my position. Sunk into the depths of depression.
    Union are fully aware of situation, but with 6 weeks holiday and another sick note I feel at rock bottom.

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

    Oh @Woodyway19 - I have no advice beyond the obvious, but just wanted to send a big hug to you.

    That visit was totally inappropriate, to put it mildly. Update your union asap.
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  8. FrankWolley

    FrankWolley Star commenter

    Agree with ROSIEGIRL - tell the Union ASAP. Was this visit sanctioned by the SLT, or just that of a 'colleague' off their own bat?

    IMHO you would be better out of this situation, with some sort of agreed settlement incl. compensation on top, of course, of compensation for the accident.
  9. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Union. Definitely. I do hope they do a good job for you.
  10. Piscean1

    Piscean1 Senior commenter

    Your union will be able to advise on this but it seems to be different in different schools. Also, if you have access to your school's sickness policy, you should be able to find out more from that. I'm not under the Burgundy Book so I don't pay too much attention to it - other people here will be able to advise on what the rules are if you're under that.

    However, my school's policy states that if you are off on the last day of term, you must provide a sick note for the holiday period as they treat the holiday period as a continuation of your sickness absence. Not providing a note would affect your pay.

    I don't know what happens in cases where the doctor says, "Well, you've stopped carpping yourself now so you're not sick." I presume it's to stop people jetting off early but it is ridiculous and impractical in cases of short term sickness.

    Good luck with everything - it does truly sound awful!
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  11. Corvuscorax

    Corvuscorax Star commenter

    If your sick note ends during the holidays, then ask your union about going in to school to do something, take down an old display, or something.

    I was in a similar situation with sick pay running in to maternity leave, and I was advised to punctuate the end of my sick pay by going in and doing some "work". In my case this meant doing a bit of washing up in the prep room. This counted as ending the period of sick pay, then several weeks later, my maternity pay started. The intervening weeks were all holiday weeks.

    The difference in my situation was that the school was 100% supportive, and in fact this advice came from the school managers themselves. So check with your union if the same advice applies in a hostile situation.

    Lots of love xxx
  12. Woodyway19

    Woodyway19 New commenter

    I will be having consultation with OH in due course. Wonder if you have any experience of OH and how they’ll respond to my situation. The stress just goes on and on and feel very depressed by the whole scenario.
  13. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    Reports of dealings with OH on here are almost universally positive. They really do seem to know their stuff. That's actually very good news. Please don't let it depress you. It really shouldn't.
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  14. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    @Woodyway19 Have you sought legal advice regarding the likelihood of a successful personal injury claim? As @Piranha has suggested, check your household insurance to see whether you have cover for this kind of advice - when my son was injured at school, the household insurance covered all the legal costs of bringing the claim and they secured him substantial compensation. Back injuries can be really debilitating and cause a lot of pain - you can include the cost of physio in any claim you make.

    You could also speak to the Education Support Partnership, who may be able to offer you counselling relatively quickly to help with your feelings of stress and depression. Try to rest and take advantage of the summer break to do little things you enjoy and that make you feel happy. I hope things improve for you soon.
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  15. Woodyway19

    Woodyway19 New commenter

    My recovery has been very slow, with awful pain. Had further tests that have identified a spinal fracture. It just gets worse.

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

    I'm sorry to hear that @Woodyway19.

    Sod thoughts of work ... your priority now is your health. I do hope you feel better soon.
  17. Woodyway19

    Woodyway19 New commenter

    The end of the holidays is approaching and I’m still signed off sick. Now experiencing depression after my accident.
    Just wondering how HR and management will view me still being absent. Could I be dismissed after suffering an accident at work?
  18. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    It being a workplace accident should entitle you to an extra six months of full sick pay, on top of normal entitlement.

    As far as dismissal goes, as I understand it, dismissal due to illness is supposed to be a last resort, when someone is clearly never going to be able to do the job adequately, even with reasonable adjustments. It oughtn't to be kicking in yet a while.
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  19. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    @frustum is right.

    Please don't worry. Easily said, I know. See OH and take it from there. Money shouldn't be a problem for a while yet.
  20. shevington

    shevington Occasional commenter

    We assume you have spoken to your Union at the Regional Centre in the last week expressing your concerns mentioned above Unfortunately work place accidents do not get resolved very quickly and the people involved want closure very quickly which does not happen. There is light at the end of the tunnel but it will take time. Please discuss with your Union about making a Personal Injury Claim, not with any of the Claims Companies who advertise in the media,
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