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First, let me say that I am terribly sorry to hear that you are in this situation. It is a shame when an employer acts in a way that is without legitimacy. Especially when that action is unlawful. Concerning your question, there are two separate claims that you mention. The first is a workers compensation claim. Unfortunately, workers compensation law is not set up to make a person rich, but exists to help a person stay on their feet while they get better enough to go back to work. There is a big difference between permanently disabled and permanent partial disability. If it is the former, $20,000 is very low. If it is the latter it may not be. In a situation where there is permanent partial disability you would usually receive payment for all medical bills, lost wages, and a set amount for the permanent disability. This amount is set up by law. The real money claim is the emotional damage you suffered, which is something that is not accounted for in workers compensation law. That being said, it appears you have an additional claim for failure to accommodate under the ADA. An employer is required to provide a "reasonable accommodation" that aids you in performing the essential functions of your job. A failure to provide this allows the emotional damages I mentioned above. So, if the accommodation being asked for is reasonable, and if you are still able to do the essential functions of your job, then $20,000 sounds low and you should contact an attorney in your area immediately.
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In a case like yours an attorney would take your case on contingency, which means that you would end up paying nothing out of pocket.
In regards XXXXX XXXXX in a workers compensation case, you will end up with the most money if you are no longer able to go back to work. However, in a discrimination case, if you can go back to work and they do not let you then you will end up with significantly more money. Of course, how to proceed is up to you.
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