Fell at work last Tuesday. What should I do?

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  1. My03Tundra

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    I'm at a loss here folks, as the last thing I want is even MORE problems.

    Last Tuesday, when I was going into work I had my 50lb backpack over my right shoulder walking through my company's stupid rotating doors. I couldn't see the bunched up rug (to reduce dirt coming in the building) on the other side because of the glare through the glass. As I was coming in I tripped over the wrinkled up spot and would've likely saved myself had I not had my "nomadic desk" in my backpack. I ended up landing hard on my right side, but pulled my self right up and kept going. Of course some inconsiderate and rude people laughed and I never heard them ask if I was hurt.

    I got to my desk, setup my stuff (I work in a call center, and didn't have a finalized assigned seat at the time) and got to work. Initially I didn't hurt much and didn't report it to my boss as the LAST thing I want is more problems to deal with inside of work. I've also had bad luck with reporting things in the past (unrelated to injuries), so I don't have much confidence with the process or response from my actions. For example, I still haven't gotten a $100 giftcard I was promised from a contest in March.

    Last Wednesday I was hurting like hell, yet still made it through the day. My lower right ribs hurt, as did my back, entire right hip and especially my right knee that I've already had one surgery on. I had to take pain medication when I got home after having been sitting for about eight hours to get things done at home before I went to bed. Thankfully, in some ways, I work nights.

    I haven't had a lot of persistent pain from the fall, but when I hurt my knee feels unstable and I feel pain on the inside of the knee. It also hurts a bit in thhe knee every time I take a step, even when it isn't painful. I have some pain in my hip area, but it is mostly on the side and buttocks area. It could be my lower back, but that area ALWAYS hurts because of a neurpathic (nerve related) condition from the Mononucleosis I had last year. It would be especially difficult to say if my back was hurting more from the fall.

    Should I be concerned because of where I hurt, and bother reporting it? Should I see a doctor for at least the knee? The last thing I want to contend with is more problems as I already have a full plate with the doctors I see for my current condition (neurologist, general practitioner, pain management specialist, etc.) and I can't afford to miss a whole lot more time from work. I also don't want to deal with the money I "lose" going to doctors that I hate having to go to.

    Thank you for any advice or helpful comments in advance.
     
  2. honestgabe

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    ignore the pain till it gets worse and worse at which point the damage will be irreversible
     
  3. Rodimus Major

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    As a sufferer from major knee pain myself, I can advise that insoles in your shoes can work surprising wonders.
     
  4. Sludge

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    If you're in pain go to the doctor.
     
  5. My03Tundra

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    If I did that, I'd might as well live in his office. I live with chronic pain in my back... ;-)

    ...and my left arm, and even the right knee that has been bothering me even more. I know what is wrong with my left arm (cubital tunnel syndrome), but the idea of surgery scares me. I don't need anymore scars on my body, and really don't want any. I do know that if I do need surgery on my left arm, and don't do it, I could loose the use of my left forearm and most of my left hand. The ulnar nerve involved in cubital tunnel syndrome controls most of your lower arm's movement, and sensation to the pinkie and half of the ring finger.
     
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    No offense, but it looks like you've already made up your mind from a medical standpoint. So why bother asking?

    However, have you considered your legal options? I'm in no position to give legal advice, but you could consider meeting with a lawyer to see what your rights are. An attorney could tell you if your company has any liablity. Although, that would probably require you to see a doctor too.
     
  7. Bryan

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    Dude, how old are you to be so jacked up?

    Seriously, though, you need to file a workman's comp claim and get treated. Period. I understand you're worried about your job and all, but having a job won't do you any good if you can't get out of bed one day to go to it. Past that, I'm not cocky enough to try and suggest any diagnoses with so little information.

    I will note one other thing--you have chronic lower back pain, and yet you say you're carrying a 50 lb ruck around on one shoulder. And you work at a call center, so I seriously doubt the load is related to your job. You might want to consider the relationship between hauling that kinda weight improperly (not on both shoulders, and really, not without a hip belt) and any pain you're experiencing. I'd be amazed if there wasn't at least some degree of correlation.
     
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    Sue everyone! Sue the revolving door company, sue the carpet manufactures, sue his employers, sue the maintenance crew for not straightening out the carpet
     
  9. My03Tundra

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    Sadly, it is related to my work (or was until I unloaded it yesterday). I had all of my work related paperwork in there. I do agree there is some correlation between my backpack and my fall.

    The reason why I don't want to file a workman's compensation claim is because of my existing conditions. They could easily blame any problems I'm having because of existing conditions. My back "problem" is neuropathic and I, thankfully - in a sense - don't have musculoskeletal problems. Yet.

    As for my age, I'm only 27. I don't make it a point to focus on my medical problems, as they can be depressing, and I don't believe in focusing in pain. I use self hypnosis and mind-over-matter at work some days to get through it and they both help, to a point.

    I think I'm going to give the knee and that a week to see how I do, but as for the left arm, I'm afraid of losing use of it so I seriously need to get some appointments in order and a potential leave-of-absence ready. I forsee a likely surgery.

    As part of my Christian nature, beliefs, and values as much as I hate the rug being there I don't believe in sueing others. In the end, the means just don't justify the ends. What do you gain from going after someone other then MAYBE some money? Money may help the bills, but that is all it will do for anyone. It won't make you happy, or fulfill you.
     
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    BUY A ROLLING SUITCASE. DO IT NOW. Or at the absolute very least, use both shoulders. And unless you're already at a very healthy weight, consider losing 10-15 pounds, which is about the minimum that average American should lose.

    And I think you misunderstand me. I'm not saying the backpack caused the fall, or didn't. I'm saying that carrying that much weight, especially with improper body mechanics, can excacerbate any preexisiting back pain, even of a neuropathic origin, thanks to the strain it places on you.
    I'm not sure who 'they' are, but comp claims are typically evaluated initial at a doctor at an ED, not by your company. And even if they do claim that--hell, it could even be the case--so what? You need to find out.
     
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    Well, if you didn't report the fall at work when it happened, your probably S.O.L. in getting any compensation or workers comp from them. Most companies are very strict about that policy. If you reported in now, and tried to get anything from them, it would probably lead to nothing but trouble IMO.

    But if you don't feel right, see a doctor. You never know what happened internally.

    Mike
     
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    I'll see. I'm going to give it another week to see how I feel and proceed from there.

    What throws me for a loop is it ALL happened right in front of the security camera, and with my badge swipes and the system they could've easily notified my manager. I'm honestly taken aback, and shocked, that my manager hasn't come directly to me about it.

    I could care less about a workman's compensation claim, I'm just sick and tired of hurting after six months of hell last year and I don't want any more knee surgeries or any surgery for that matter. It took me too damn long (a month just to heal, three before I could drive) the first time to get back to normal after a lateral release surgery on the right knee.
     
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    It's not necessarily about getting some money. If you are seriously or permanantly injured, the medical bills could be unmanageable. If your company were found liable, they would have to pay some or all of those bills. It's not about sticking it to the man. Anyways, it was just a suggestion.

    You definetly need to see a doctor right away.
     
  14. Ops_was_a_truck

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    Honestly, a lot of the defenses you're giving us seem really ridiculous.

    YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT YOUR PHYSICAL HEALTH HERE.

    Don't be dumb. Honestly. Don't hide behind excuses as to why it's okay to smooth over one thing or another so that things go well at work.

    You need to do the following things, as has been already stated in this thread:

    -File a workman's compensation form
    -See the doctor about the additional pain
    -Switch to a rolling backpack, as carrying a load that heavy on your back, at ANY age level, is STUPID, PAINFUL and WILL CAUSE PERMANENT DAMAGE.

    Honestly. Is this so hard to figure out? YOU ARE CAUSING YOUR BODY IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO COMFORTABLE WITH YOUR CURRENT SITUATION TO FACE FACTS.

    Heal thyself, get what's due to you - compensation for injuries - and move on with your life. Stop being scared of possible altercations at work and take care of YOUR - note, it is YOURS AND YOURS ALONE - body.
     
  15. Team Jetfire

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    Once again Ops’ comes through with some great advice.

    Are you sure you want to be an engineer?
     
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    Talk about a rhetorical slap in the face, coming from a respected member and one whose opinion I generally respect.

    I've never been one to report problems, as generally they are "worked out" without my intervention or someone else squeals on the "problem" in question. After having to see SO many doctors in the Emergency Rooms, Hospitals and everywhere else I've just developed a caloused nature towards them and have very strong emotions towards my local medical community. Sure, some doctors have been awesome, but sadly they were few and far between.

    The reason why I initially did not report the incident is due to lack of confidence in my management team at work after previous problems. I had a bomb threat several months ago from an account that I had reported that should have been removed from our computers and never was. I saw, before her termination, a previous co-worker trip over a similar rug at the rear doors. The rugs are now back and I don't think that is going to change despite people tripping over them and stumbling over them all the time. I've also not received a $100 gift card I was promised from a contest I won back in March. I'm one of the first people to speak up normally about problems, or support those who do, but at my company anymore they are giving me (and others I trust and have talked too) the distinct impression that they seriously don't give a rats-ass about their employees. If it wasn't for the benefits, and the health coverage I NEED from day one, I would seriously find another place to work.
     
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    That'd be lame. If I crash and hurt myself at Whistler freeriding or downhilling, I'm not going to sue the resort. Live and learn.
     
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    If you don't report this, and get checked out I will beat the crap out of you >_< how bout that!? You are still making excuses!!

    I will tell a short story that was very recent! Last month, I noticed my horses eye was swelled and he was having trouble opening it. I checked it out, saw no scrapes no gook, and I thought hmm let me wait til morning to see if it's better. It was worse in the morning. I called my vet and he had to put some kind of neon green dye in my horses eye to find out what the problem was, which would explain why I couldn't figure it out on my own. Turns out he had an eye ulcer and it could have gotten worse and if I thought that "hmm I should wait it out a bit longer" any longer than I did, my horse would have went blind in his eye, and teh infection could spread elsewhere for all we know. So it's best to stop waiting it out.
     
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    lol I was being facetious
     
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    We're thousands of miles apart, and I won't be at Botcon this year. So, keep 'em coming. ;-)
     

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