I was pushed by a co-worker at work. I landed pretty hard and now my tail bone hurts. I reported it to my manager and HR but nothing has been done. It's basically her word against mine.
I was sent to the company doctor and they asked for an MRI but the company won't approve it. I no longer feel safe working with this co-worker and my back is giving me problems. What can I do?
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ANSWER for "Pushed by a Co-worker...":
Salomon (Houston, TX):
If you have already reported the problem to the Human Resources Department and nothing has been done you may need to go to the next highest level, whether that be the Division Manager, a Department Head, the Vice President, or even higher if necessary. Make your report in writing, keeping a copy of it for future reference.
If you believe you are seriously injured you may have to see a doctor and use your company insurance or use your own insurance. If you don’t have enough insurance to cover your visit to a doctor and the probable MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) examination or CT Scan (Computer Axial Tomography) exam, you may have to find a way to pay for those examinations yourself.
You can also consider retaining a personal injury attorney. Most will not charge any fee for an initial office consultation. If the attorney accepts your case she may be able to send you to some of the doctors she works with and those doctors may withhold their medical bills until the personal injury attorney finalizes your case.
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