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Asked to lie about where an injury happened?

Submitted By: Anonymous (USA)

My writing hand was smashed between a loading ramp and a bob cat while I was chaining the loading ramp to a truck (conex) for safety. A co-worker not paying attention to where he was driving pushed the ramp into the conex with my hand in between, crushing and mangling my hand. As a result my my index finger was completely crushed, middle finger mangled and crushed, ring finger broken. I went through 5-6 hours of surgery and lots of pain.

I was handed a paper for workmens comp right after I was given a high dose of drugs for the pain. I’ve never been on workers comp before so I was unfamiliar. Now my boss is telling me to only tell the insurance company “injured on the job site” when in fact I was on a military base when it happened.

Do I even have a case? Why would my boss be telling me to lie? Will I be covered if I tell the truth? Thanks for any information you can give.

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Answer

Dear Anonymous,

You seem to be saying you were working for your employer at the time you were injured. The confusion seems to be about the actual location of the “job site.”

If that’s what you are saying, then your employer’s request you sign a statement saying your injury occurred on the job site seems to be a valid one. If your employer was legitimately doing business on a military base, then the discussion of “injured on the job site” vs. “injured on a military base” seems to be a question of semantics.

If you have concerns about clarifying where your injury occurred, those concerns can probably be allayed by a discussion about the facts with your boss. If you want to insist you were injured on a military base instead of on the job site you may be jeopardizing your workers compensation claim.

If you still have concerns you can consult with a workers compensation attorney. Most won’t charge for an initial office consultation.

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: March 13, 2013

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