07-18-2007, 01:14 PM
My son works in Indiana at a steel mill. He has an injury to his hands as a result of having to wear a certain type of gloves for the heat. His hands started to break out and over a period of about 4-5 months, his hands became very bad. he tried not wearing the gloves directly on his hands but put on cotton gloves under them, but to no avail. They transferred him to a different department until his hands were better. When put back with the gloves his hands became worse again, to the point of an extremely bad bacterial infection had set in. he has been to the Dr. & a dermatologist. He has been off work about a month, with medical notes for his employer. The dermatologist told my son he should quit his job, because his hands would never get better if not. he has testing scheduled for 3 different dates in August to determine what is going on with his hands. He has never had this problem before obtaining this job. When he returned to work today, they sent him home & told him they didnt know what to do with him, weather to keep him or fire him! He wants to file a workmans comp claim. Can he go directly to workmans comp for that or does he have to go through his employer. They are NOT TREATING HIM VERY GOOD NOW!