I employed as a police officer in Illinois and had been dealing with headaches, dizziness and after numerous tests in '09 an anueryism was found. Brain surgery was performed to keep the anueryism from rupturing. I returned to work, but was still having the symptoms
[More] along with difficulty swallowing, tingling in hands and sleep apnea. I had numerous trips to the emergency room and was diagnosed with vertigo. Chiari Malformation showed up on a cat scan and eventually I found a Nuerosurgeon that recognized it matching my symptoms. Another MRI was conducted and the Chiari Malformation was confirmed that the cerebral tonsils herniation >9mm. I then underwent decompression brain surgery Dec 27th, 2012. The surgery also confirmed that I did have Chiari Malformation.
Before the surgery, my Chief placed me on light duty for a couple of months and then decided that I should stay home due to liability reasons. The Chief had advised me that he was going to seek termination and would be in my best interest to seek medical disability from my pension.
I hired an attorney and applied for short term disability Oct '12 because my benefit time (sick/vacation) was going to run out in December '12. I have received numerous extensions for disciplinary action from the Chief due to the pension process taking longer than we had imagined.
The pension board acquired three independent medical examiners that I saw me prior to the Chiari Malformation being confirmed by my Neurosurgeon. One of the medical examiners said that I was "disabled" and would still be a risk after the decompression surgery. The other two medical examiners acknowledged the Chiari and the decompression surgery but stuck to their original decision that my symptoms were not "disabling".
I found out that my attorney and the pension board attorneys both represent my union. Therefore, the pension attorney would decline to represent me if the Chief would seek discipline. Also, the pension president, also a union steward, advised me that I would have to wait for a separate hearing for the short term disability. Both hearing dates were decided to be at the end of March '13. My neurosurgeon and primary care physician both recommended in their documentation that I need to exit the profession.
I received my last partial employment check Dec 21st '12 and have no income at this time. I am concerned that I will end up with no pension and termination. I could use some medical and legal specialists in this area. My current attorney is not doing much for me besides correspondence with the pension attorney.
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