Fell Off a Stack of Pallets at Work...

by Shakeia
(Hammond, Indiana)

I slipped and fell off a stack of pallets at work. I fell onto my right side where I struck my elbow and my head. I was diagnosed with cubital tunnel syndrome and strained neck muscles. I've spent the last three months off work, back and forth to the doctor, and in physical and occupational therapy. I have been poked, prodded and had countless numbers of x-rays, EMG and 2 tests that diagnosed me with cubital tunnel.

How much would you say my case is worth as far as an injury settlement goes? How do I pursue compensation for my injuries? Thank you.

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ANSWER for "Fell Off a Stack of Pallets at Work...":

Shakeia (Hammond, Indiana):

Cubital tunnel syndrome is the effect of pressure on the ulnar nerve, one of the main nerves of the hand. It can result in a variety of problems, including pain, swelling, weakness or clumsiness of the hand and tingling or numbness of the ring and small fingers. It also often results in elbow pain on the side of the arm next to the chest.

Evaluating a personal injury claim is a very subjective exercise. There are normally at least two ways to do so.

One method is to take your medical bills and multiply them by anywhere from 1x to 3x, 4x, 5x or higher depending on the severity of the injury and resultant treatment. Another way is to add the amount of $2,000 dollars for every month you are in treatment for the injury.

By utilizing either of these methods your settlement should cover any of your lost wages, out of pocket expenses such as prescription and over the counter medications, slings or other medical aids, and your pain and suffering.

So to approximate your settlement amount utilize either of the above methods.

Remember though, the settlement you receive will be diminished by the amount of medical bills you will have to pay out of the settlement. That is, if your insurance or someone else hasn't already paid those bills.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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