Visitor Question

Slipped at Work and Hurt My Knees…

Submitted By: Alexandra (Hammond, IN)

I’m a dental assistant and was at work assisting the doctor in the exam room. I guess my manager had mopped our lab and I didn’t know. She didn’t tell anyone the floor was wet and didn’t put any caution sign up or anything. So the doctor was done with her procedure and I had to pick up the contaminated instruments from the room and take them to the lab. I was walking in the lab and slipped and hit the floor, landing on my knees.

My manager then made me get up, which I was having trouble doing, and keep working while I was limping around. I went to the ER and they took x-rays which showed that the fall made me develop some fluid in my knee. What should I do? I’m not sure how bad my knees will be from this fall, and I feel like my manager shouldn’t have forced me to keep working.

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Answer

Dear Alexandra,

Your manager didn’t “force” you to

keep working. How she “made you get up” is difficult to comprehend.

You could have stayed on the floor if you wanted. You chose to get up because you wanted to. There is no evidence your manager employed any illegal or inappropriate method to make you get up.

If your employer carried workers compensation insurance contact the insurance company and file a claim. Once you do you will be referred to one of the company’s claims adjusters and the company’s approved doctors.

If the doctor believes you have suffered knee injuries she will either treat you herself or refer you to an orthopaedic surgeon. That doctor will assess you. If there is fluid on your knee(s) that fluid may have to be drained.

That procedure is expensive and can be very uncomfortable.

Your workers compensation insurance plan will pay for any medical procedures the doctor requires.

In the alternative, if your employer didn’t have workers compensation insurance tell the manager your are injured and want to know the name of your employers insurance company. You need that information so you can file a claim.

If for any reason your employer refuses to assist you it will be necessary for you to consider legal action.

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: January 30, 2012

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