Today at work I was taking the elevator from the first floor and going up to the second floor. On my way up the elevator dropped, a complete free-fall down around 6 feet (not exactly sure how far) then it felt as if the emergency breaks came on and the elevator stopped immediately, causing a lot of impact on my body.
My back started hurting right away. I reported the incident to my manager who didn’t know what to do. I was sent home with no information. Now the pain keeps escalating and I’m not sure what I should do. Any direction you could give would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Immediately seek medical care.
Go to your local hospital emergency room or your private physician. Before any consideration of an injury claim you must mitigate your damages by seeking treatment.
If you don’t seek treatment and allow your injuries to worsen it will be difficult to form the basis of a viable personal injury claim.
In the unfortunate event you are injured, you may have a civil injury claim against your employer, the owner of the building, and the elevator company. That could be 3 separate injury claims.
Hopefully at or about the time of the incident your employer created some form of an accident or injury report. That information will be important in the event it becomes necessary to pursue a personal injury claim. Be sure not to sign any release forms which might be provided to you by your employer or any other entity.
If your injuries will require medical treatment and you want to seek compensation for your pain and suffering, you may want to consider visiting with a personal injury attorney. Most won’t charge a fee for an initial office consultation.
If a personal injury attorney accepts your case you won’t have to pay any fees until, and unless the case is settled or won at trial. Then it will only be a percentage of the total amount – usually anywhere from 33.3% to 40%.
Learn more here: Back Injuries at Work
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