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Multiple Pins and Rods in Wrists and Hip After Falling Off a Ladder…

Submitted By: M (Georgia and South Carolina)

I was working for a steel company based in Georgia on a hotel in South Carolina. I fell from a ladder 15 to 20 feet high. I had to be taken from the job to a local hospital where I underwent over 10 hours of trauma surgery.

The doctors put a plate and screws in my left wrist, pins in my right wrist (it was shattered), and a rod and 2 screws in my left hip. I was cut on my face and needed 5 stitches. I was released from the hospital and they wanted me to go to rehab in South Carolina, but instead I came home and did my physical and occupational therapy 5 miles from my home.

It’ been 3 months and I’m not doing very good. I was prescribed 18 more weeks of PT and 16 more weeks of OT. The doctor released me for light duty anyway even though I’m still using a walker with arm attachments because I can’t grip and I can’t use my right arm at all.

On light duty my leg is propped up and I have no use of my arms, so my employer decided to give me a job reading safety books for 30 to 40 hours a week. I know I shouldn’t be at work since I’m far from well and I can’t do my real job. What can I do? What if I can never do my job again? Thanks.

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Answer

Dear M,

At this point you and your injury claim are in the hands of your employer’s workers compensation insurance company. We’ll presume you timely filed your injury claim.

Be sure the workers comp insurance company has all of your medical records, and receipts for your out-of-pocket expenses like medications, the walker, slings, etc. Include receipts for parking fees at the hospital and rehab facility. You can even include a pro rata amount for the gasoline used to transport you to and from doctors’ office and rehabilitation facility appointments.

You will receive a percentage of your past and future lost income. Unfortunately workers compensation doesn’t include an amount for pain and suffering, emotional distress or mental anguish.

If you have further concerns, contact a few local workers compensation attorneys. Most will not charge a fee for an initial office consultation. It’s altogether possible an experienced workers compensation attorney may be able to secure a higher settlement, even after his or her fees are paid.

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 17, 2013

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