Wittmer & Linehan Fight for Injured Worker’s Right to Recovery
In February 2012, Jane Doe was working for a package delivery company when the unexpected happened. While working on the line to process packages, she injured her neck by lifting a package that should not have been on her line. She reported the injury and was immediately sent to a local walk-in clinic for an evaluation. Her exam revealed severe injuries to her neck and a specialist was brought in. Surgery was discussed and Jane received steroid injections to alleviate her symptoms.
However, the workers’ compensation insurance company put a tremendous amount of pressure on Jane’s doctor to send her back to work before she should have been safely returned. In following her doctor’s orders, she went back to work with restrictions, despite not being fully healed.
To add insult to injury, the employer had a return-to-work program that mandated she arrive at 5:00 a.m. and work for only 45 minutes.
On her first day back to work light duty, Jane slipped and fell, injuring her lower back. Now she faced two work-related injuries and extensive medical care to alleviate her symptoms. With the help of Wittmer & Linehan PLLC, after the second injury Jane’s employer did not require her to return to work as quickly, allowing her the time to receive the medical care she needed.
If you, a family member, or friend have questions on how to handle a work-related accident and the pursuit of workers’ compensation, please call our office to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.