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    Default Help for a Slip and Fall at Work

    Hi, my wife started a new job 3 weeks ago.

    When she arrived at work today she fell on a wet bathroom floor.

    The ambulance had to come and get her.

    After spending the day at the hospital, thankfully nothing was broken.

    The Dr. said she has a sprained neck and a shoulder contusion.

    They said she can go back to work tomorrow on light duty and remain on light duty for the rest of the week.

    She is in a great deal of pain. So much so she is on Vicoden (and it is not helping.)

    My question is, what should she do now?

    How long does she go in pain before needing therapy if it is needed?

    Do we call our own Dr. or just listen to what the accident room Dr. suggested?

    Will she get paid for the lost pay of 1 day?

    What should she do if she is at work tomorrow and can't take the pain? leave?

    We have no idea what to do so please advise us.

    Thank you

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    Default Re: Help for a Slip and Fall at Work

    How very unfortunate for your wife...and you/your family...
    This could be a 'difficult' period you are facing.

    Hopefully, she won't be in for too much treatment, and will RTW quickly..
    Here is a brochure for IW's in Mass. and will hopefully help/attempt to provide answers to many of your concerns..http://www.mass.gov/Elwd/docs/dia/pu...ee_english.pdf

    Lets see if I can offer some help at this point...

    My question is, what should she do now?
    Make sure the first report of injury is filed with the ER..and they make the IC aware of the claim...IF the ER fails here, YOU/WIFE should file the claim with the IC and the DIA

    How long does she go in pain before needing therapy if it is needed?
    Only a medical doctor can make that determination...

    Do we call our own Dr. or just listen to what the accident room Dr. suggested?
    For the first visit, the ER has the right to designate the doctor, after that you can make a selection of your choice..(see pg 7 of the brochure.)

    Will she get paid for the lost pay of 1 day?
    No...TTD/TPD benefits are not paid for the first 5 days, UNLESS you are 'disabled' for 21 days.

    What should she do if she is at work tomorrow and can't take the pain? leave?
    Notify or return to the doctor, or a doctor she/you select and discuss a TTD status...a doctor must make the determination of no work, or light duty...

    For now, read the brochure, and go here..http://www.mass.gov/legis/laws/mgl/gl-152-toc.htm, for GENERAL LAWS OF MASSACHUSETTS
    CHAPTER 152. WORKER'S COMPENSATION.

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