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The workers comp claim would have been the best and easiest form of recovery in this matter, and you sill can make such claim under the law...the issue now will be however, that you've had the lifting restriction lifted by your doctor. So even if you have it reinstated, there is still going to be a record of change. You still have a high probability of success if you can show the injury occurred as a result of work, so you would file that claim either through the employer or directly through the state now.
You also should consider filing either a workers comp retaliation and/or FMLA retaliation claims against the employer. Specifically, if they knew your injury was from work and constructively discharged you for fear of knowing that you would file a WC claim - that is illegal. And if your employer has more than 50 employees, the FMLA mandates that you be given basically your exact job back. Both of these laws were likely violated.
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