I seen this site and was looking for some help. I was injured at work in October of 2007 at work. The cause of the injury was I had fallen from a wet truck and dislocated and broke my knee cap. Since that time I have had 2 seperate knee surgury's and have been off work. Last week my doctor told me that I was at the end of my healing and my ppd would be between 20-30%. I have permanent restrictions and my company said they cannot accomadate them. Workers comp called and said that as far as they are concerned the case is closed, but I can file for Voc. rehab and unemployment and that is it. I find it funny that they can just decide to turn the switch off of your benefits except the ppd and say you are done. I feel that i am getting the shaft in this. I wanted to return to work for my company and not able to. Am I getting a raw deal. With the economy the way it is, it will be hard to find a job, not to mention a job that paid well. Any idea's?
Also this is something I have held back and could use advice on this as well. The company I worked for has had many lost time accidents this year (4). We are a small company with 13 employee's not very good odd's. The workers comp insurance company has dropped there coverage because of too many claims. I know for a fact that my accident could have been prevented with the proper safety equipment. We were told by an independent osha inspector that we had considerable violations and where I was hurt we needed a safety line in case someone fell. This and everything else was never really addressed or fixed. Just looking for an opinion if I should pursue this matter and get an attorney, or maybe call osha so the problems will get fixed before someone else gets hurt. Again any help in this matter would be appreciated.