A little about what happened. I was working on a job site and we were required to wear the blue plastic boot covers, a hair net, a lab coat, safety harness, safety glasses along with a hard hat.
Working on a 10 foot step ladder I was descending on the ladder to get some material and slipped and fell from the 3rd step to the concrete floor. Not realizing at the time I was injured, I finished working till the end of the work day. The next day I was unable to put pressure on my leg, called the company and was directed to go to the local care center. They did not do anything else except physical therapy. This did nothing and was a waste of time. I once again contacted my employer and was told to go to a orthopedic doctor, which I did. He sent me for a MRI, the results shown a torn medicis and was informed it would require surgery. I had the surgery done, followed by physical therapy. 11 weeks after surgery I returned to work, still with a bit of pain, and with time the pain decreased.
My question is regarding a settlement for pain and suffering etc. Is there normally a settlement offered ? Is there a lawyer required ? What could I expect as a decent settlement ? If I obtain a settlement will it affect my future employment with this employer ?
I am not looking to get rich. I was recently laid off from this employer. I do not know if this accident was a direct cause of the layoff or rather part due to the economy.
Thank you in advance.....