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Injured on job, dodgy employer. WC or STD
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I work for an appliance installation company in California. I injured my knee while moving and installing a very heavy appliance. I had one other guy helping me, but we did not have the proper equipment to move the appliance. While moving it through a doorway, I ended up supporting a great deal of it's weight, and twisted my knee pretty bad.

I reported the incident that day to the dispatcher. I was pretty pissed that they scheduled this job on a day when there wouldn't be any moving equipment available, but was also concerned that the injury was more serious than the normal aches. I was told to ice it and let them know how it felt in the morning.

It still hurt the next day. The owners became aware a few days after, as I was asking for light duty work, and it started looking like a proper workman's comp claim. They still put me on heavy lifting jobs though, it's a majority of the work we do.

After about a week or two, I get a call from the owners. Basically, they are trying to convince me to just get under their insurance plan, and to go to the doctor and say the injury was on my own time. I was told that it would take a very long time to get taken care of with workman's comp, and that going through state disability and insurance would be much better. I just want my to be taken care of, so I mostly agree, but it seems VERY dodgy to me. I have also only been in California for 5 months, but I've been working for the same company that entire time. I'm not sure if that has anything to do with the qualifications for state disability.

I am in my early 30's and have gone my whole life with nearly zero legal representation, so I have no idea on how to go about getting the best outcome from this ordeal.
 
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Injured on job, dodgy employer. WC or STD - nuzenith - 11-07-2013, 03:45 PM

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