Hit in the head with a box by an employee...

by Deneen
(Little Rock, AR, USA)

I was standing at the register with my children and the next thing I remember is being hit. I was knocked in the head by something very large. My head started throbbing and I started to shed tears because of the pain in my head, neck and shoulder.

I opened my eyes and saw the man who had hit me accidentally with a large box. He asked me if I was OK, I stated "I don't think so". Someone got me to a store associate who took me to the manager and they filled out an accident report form. They asked me if I needed an ambulance and I told them my son would drive me.

I went to see the doctor who ordered x-rays and afterwards said that I needed an MRI because he saw something out of order. I understand that the MRI did not really see anything, so I was sent to my primary physician who ordered me physical therapy. I am still in a lot of pain.

What actions can I take after being accidentally hit in the head by an employee carrying a large chair box?

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ANSWER for "Hit in the head with a box by an employee...":

Deneen (Little Rock, AR, USA):

It's important to know what type of therapy the doctor prescribed for your head injury. The type and duration of therapy is a determining factor in the type of compensation you may receive from the store owner.

From the facts you present it appears the incident was purely an accident. You have already taken appropriate action. Seeking and receiving medical attention was the most important thing to do.

The store has already completed an Accident Incident Report. As a result there is no legal reason to rush into any legal action.

The Statute of Limitations, or the “time period” in the State of Arkansas within which you have to take legal action is 2 years from the date of the incident which precipitated the injury.

We suggest you take your time and monitor your health for the next year or so. Make sure you see your doctor as often as she will allow. Monitor your head injury.

In the unfortunate event your condition worsens you should seek the advice and counsel of a skilled Personal Injury Attorney. She will be able to review your case, including your doctor’s diagnosis and prognosis of your head injury.

Most Personal Injury Attorneys do not charge a fee for an initial office consultation. Visiting with a Personal Injury Attorney will help you to determine your legal options and the responsibilities of the store owner.

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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