Well, it’s official! A cheque arrived in the mail yesterday from the Workers Compensation Board. The cheque was to pay me for a NELP (Non-Economic Loss Payment). “This benefit is paid to recognize permanent clinical impairment & is paid to an injured worker because the impairment may impact life outside the workplace.  The entire NELP amount is paid in a one-time lump sum.”

So there you go, I’m disabled!  A Crown Corporation has determined this & it’s now official!

Here’s the back story:  On January 30, 2009 I worked for a small town in Alberta.  When I arrived at work that particular morning there was a huge sheet of ice right in front of the entrance to our office.  As soon as I got inside I immediately reported this hazard to Public Works who looked after clearing & sanding the roads & sidewalks in the community.  When I went out a few hours later to deliver some paperwork to our main office, I slipped & fell on this ice.  I put out my right hand to stop my fall & ended up with an expulsion of the triquetrium (fractured wrist/carpal area).  A small piece of the bone snapped off & did not re-attach during healing.  I also had a large contusion on my elbow.   I spent just over 6 weeks in a half cast, followed by 6 weeks in physiotherapy.  On my last day of physiotherapy I lost my job (which is a whole other story).  Workers Compensation paid for all my medical treatment & physiotherapy as well as for the one day of work I missed.

One year later Workers Compensation did a follow-up & it was discovered I had suffered some permanent damage.  I have to use a wrist rest & an ergonomic keyboard for working, along with breaks to change what I’m doing from time to time.  I require help sometimes to open packages.  At home, I have difficulty doing things like opening cans & jars, pulling anything requiring strength, opening packages, doing up my bra, etc.  I had to go through all the rigamarole of new x-rays & seeing a Workers Compensation doctor.

So now I have their decision.  Quite frankly, I had forgotten about it.  In a way, it’s kind of strange to have this label.  I don’t feel any different than I did yesterday.