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Multiple injuries from being pulled down stairs by a hand truck…

Submitted By: Danny (Portland, Oregon)

I was at work, taking a lot of files down some stairs on a hand truck, when I was pulled/thrown down the stairs. I landed on the left side of my forehead and cheek first, causing two large hematomas, then struck my right knee, bursting the bursa, I broke bones in my left hand, hurt my neck (still not sure about the extent of the damage there), and did rotator cuff damage to my left shoulder.

I still have a lot of pain. I have been off work for about five months, and don’t know how long my Doctor will keep me off work. I also don’t know how long before the pain will go away. Will workers’ comp provide benefits for however long it takes me to fully heal? What if I don’t fully heal and continue to have pain? Thanks.

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Answer

Dear Danny,

As long as your primary care physician, or one of his or her designated physicians concludes you aren’t able to return to work, workers’ compensation should cover all the expenses normally covered under a workers’ comp policy.

If there comes a time when your primary care physician concludes you have reached a level of maximum medical improvement (MMI),

and concludes you will never be able to return to work, then you may have a right to a partial or permanent workers’ comp disability settlement.

Your injury is serious enough to require the advice and counsel of an experienced workers’ comp attorney. Most will not charge for an initial office consultation. Moreover, if, and when they succeed in settling your claim, or winning it at an administrative hearing, you will owe the attorney nothing.

Gather all your medical records and workers’ compensation documents, and seek out several WC attorneys in your area.

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

Best of luck,

Published: April 26, 2015

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