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hurt at work

haha89999hhaha89999 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 55 yrs old, I was in an accident at work July 30th of 2008, I fell backward on concrete and my shoulder and neck hit a table behind me. My work didn't have an ambulance come and get and made me get up off the floor and go to the hospital in a car, so the question concerning that is what is the protocol in Missouri for that? What dictates whether or not you need an ambulance after a fall at work? Should it be after any fall where the neck, head, shoulder, and back is possibly injured?
They said my degenerative disc disease was the cause for me needing major back surgery. What % of people with degenerative disc disease end up needing surgery after a fall?


  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find many going through the same things you are.

    As far as your question on calling a ambulance or not, not sure. But if i was injured to such a degree I couldn't get up or it was unsafe to move me, I would have said call a ambulance. What was the extent of your head and neck injuries? Did you return to work after your fall? I noticed you said you need major back surgery? What type of surgery do you need or have you had it already? How much time elasped between the need for surgery and the actual fall itself. On in take in the Emergency room did they do x-rays of your back and what other test did they perform?

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health.
  • We really can't help you with your questions here.

    Hang in there.

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  • I too, fell at work. No one was called I was knocked out and ended up needing cervical surgery along with now having lumbar issues, paralysed rt vocal cord from cervical surgery, torn rotator cuff and the list goes on. Big mistake on my part was not demanding an ambulance be called. I was VP at the time. I knew how upper management felt about injuries at work. I did however later in the day tell the CEO I believe a workmans comp report of injury should be filed right away. I complained of severe headache, nausea, confusion and pain. I was told why don't you go ahead and go home. The incident happened at 8am this was now 3pm. I had to drive myself home and quite honestly looking back that was so stupid.
    Now my life is in a shambles, I am unable to work completely disabled. I was at my job which I loved for 29 yrs 11 mos. and 26 days. 4 days shy of getting paid for life ins. Upon my request to the board of directors I was refused the ins benefit as I was 4 days shy. My initial injury was 8-06 with 2nd injury 11-07 same job. I did get an attorney and my case is pending. The courts are so backlogged with people filing for medicaid they do not have enough magistrates to go around. There is a statute of limitations upon which a claim can be filed it is two years from the date of injury.
    I am not a dr nor a lawyer but from my understanding it does not matter whether you had prior DDD. If the injury in itself caused you to have surgery then it still falls under WC. I am just concerned about your deadline for filing a claim. Also I don't know if laws vary from state to state. Best bet is to call an attorney asap. I was never a sue happy person nor am I now but a loyal dedicated employee giving 110% putting in more hours than anyone and always evaluated as a top performer. Many of those I worked with became what thought lifelong friends as we had been together most of our lives. I am 49. Well the minute I filed a claim not one person has spoken to me since. They have been warned their jobs are on the line if they try to contact me. In hindsight I did not put my health first at all. Now I realize I was merely filling a desk. It took me months to get over the emotional heartbreak of losing my so called friends and I still get teary eyed thinking about it. But life goes forward and I must get to the root of my problems. I wish I had known what I know now.
    I am sure I did not answer all your questions and sorry if I got sidetracked. This subject really breaks my heart. From an upper management position I can tell you that an ambulance should have been called by all means. No one should have moved you nor should you have moved yourself. All CEO's of any company should be educated on injuries at work. Unfortunately, many are not and oft times we do not want to rock the boat.
    Good luck to you and please let me know how you are doing. Feel free to PM anytime if you want to chat.
  • Sorry to hear about your situation.
    I'm in illinois, and also on work comp. for back surgery.
    Look at your state work comp. website. In illinois and probably most other states, it clearly says a aggravation of an existing condition is covered under work comp. laws.
    Meaning, that it makes no difference if you did have a existing condition, your employer is still responsible. It just makes it a little harder to get the inital approval.

    I would do as angela said and call a lawyer.
    And spunky just stated the same thing. These companies have lawyer's on retainer to save them money on these kind of incidents, so you are best off having a lawyer to protect your right's under the law.
    Most companies have a habit of forgetting about people being good employees, and hard workers, as soon as you are hurt.

    Good luck to ya.
  • about 30 years ago, at a meat packing plant. I was on a pallet of sausages, boxed. I had to get up after collapsing on the pallet, and barely walked/crawled, hunched over to my car. The guys got my car, as it was Sat and no one was around except us and the security guy.

    I should have been picked up by Ambul the first 3 incidents. Each one, put me off work for months at a time.

    Looking back, I would have never done this to someone working for myself.
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