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Offline CarolineWest

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INjury on both knees
« on: August 29, 2018, 08:23:10 PM »
7HI guys
Iam new here so please would like some advise or people to talk with that went through the same thing (Boyfriend getting tired of my knee issues as he said thats all i can talk about LOL 😆

I fell very hard on stones with both my knees at work ,So hard that it took my breath away ...That was on the 8 of Aug...
Next day was  public holiday so i rest my knees as it was bruised ,Painful and very sore..Friday i went back to work ,Doing my work with a limp was really difficult as i work at a doggie daycare and walking and running after pups is quite difficult with a limp  ..
Weekend i rest and iced my knees but could barely walk.
Monday i stayed at home as my knees was so swollen and bruised .
Tuesday i went back to work as my boss was on my case ..I could hardly walk and i cried of the pain and said i need to see a doctor  (My boss said its just bruised but i said something must be wrong )
Well i went to the doctor (She was not impressed as i needed to come earlier )
Well she  said i must get a xray just to cancel out any fractures like pantella fracture ..
Well Xray showed nothing brocken but now i must go to a specialist and MRI and i dont have money for that and boss dont want to pay even that it was a injury on the job 😒
Iam now on meds ,Rest and must wear a strap on knee brace (But it really hurtsme)
Last night i feel this tingeling ,Burning sensation on my legs and feet (After i used the strap )
So can anybody help me what it maybe can be the doctor said i could have hurt my ligaments in both knees but cant say forsure ..
Also how long wil recovery be as iam now on week 3 of rest and must be back at work Thursday but is still in pain and leg is stiff and cant stand long on it without holding onto something. .

Your advice will be greatly appreciated

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Re: INjury on both knees
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2018, 10:30:14 PM »
Hi CarolineWest,

Your boss sounds like me ex-boss who does not care about his staff health and wellbeing. The physical demand your knees are going through after a hard fall directly onto both knees is going to take time to heal. If you keep on aggravating the knee by putting too much strain on it because your boss is having a go at you for taking sick leave! You are entitled too take sick leave until your knee feels more stable again.

Only say this from past bad experiences being made to work on a golf course as a assistant greenkeeper after my 1st scope out of three. Similar to your job on my feet all day doing lots of walking around the golf course all day and also heavy manual work. Even with a doctor's sick leave note, making it illegal to go into work. Not sure how it works in the States with paid sick leave? In UK we have  statutory sick pay (SSP) that is paid by your employer for a certain amount of time. Goes down the longer you are absent from work. 

Could be a soft tissue injury, inflamed tendons and ligaments that take time to heal after sudden trauma to the knees. Best to have it checked over physically by an Orthopaedic Surgeon who will know what needs to be done next. Your boss sounds nasty, would look at similar jobs locally where the boss is more understanding and caring. Hopefully can find a way to fund the consultation that your work should be paying towards. If your employer insist that you are physically ok should be helping you get back on the mend again. When you are fit to work again physically by paying towards the consultation fee.   

Good luck.

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Re: INjury on both knees
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2018, 06:55:43 PM »
Caroline, if you are in the US your company's insurance should have paid for doctor's visits and all tests as this was a work related injury.  Check and make sure you get taken care of as this is your body you depend on.  I hope you can get the rest you need and recover soon.  Ice and elevation are great for healing.  Take care,  Bella

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Re: INjury on both knees
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2018, 09:32:08 PM »
@Clarkey @Bella
Thank you for your reply i really appreciate it
I am from South Africa not from the states LOL
Yes we also have that but my boss never registerd me so cant claim IOD .
{UPDATE}
Well yesterday was a month ago that i fell and things are not better at all...Went back to the doctor lastweek to being book  off again untill this week but iam still feeling not caeable to do my job ..
End of the month i got my pay and then i asked my boss when is she going to refund me all the medical cost like she said she will if i send her all the Documents and receipts..Well her answer to me was "I paid for the Doctor fee and that's how far we will go "
And i didt want to go to her doctor  (1.Her doctor is way more expensive as it is private ,Very far from my home and when could she take me as she can't leave the other employee alone )
I replied with a long msg telling her is that how a loyal hardworking employee of 6 years ate being being treated after everything i did for her,and i also discribe her my pain every time when I need to go to the bathroom or When i bath or even sleep with a pillow between my legs to take the pressure of my knees..
And that I need to see a specialist  (Still waiting to hear from the government hospitals )
Well she just keeps ingnoring me but she could have chat to me when i needed to do work for her ..Didn't even receive a thank you or any compassion .
Well after some legal advise everyone is saying i must make a case against her at the labour law ..
Now my knees are still swollen and painfull still can't put any weight on my one injured leg and now the other one that was just bruised is taking all the punch (At the moment i have a icepack on it )
How do i tell the doctor iam still not in any way capable to go to work ??
And what would you advice be regrding my law case ...
Hope to chat soon

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Re: INjury on both knees
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2018, 05:40:29 AM »
I am so sorry to hear that your boss does not follow legal procedures.  You will need to find legal help, perhaps a legal office that takes care of these cases at no charge (here they are known as wage clinics).  There must be a place where you can file a grievance with the employment department.  I do not know anything about these legal matters, let alone in South Africa so I cannot help... but your #1 priority should be to get better.

Wish you the best of luck!

Bella

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Re: INjury on both knees
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2018, 11:00:35 PM »
Hi Caroline,

Not sure why I assumed you lived in the USA! Does South Africa have a workers union that help and support employers to get treated equally and fairly without being bulled or discriminated. Not sure how to advise apart from maybe making a injury claim depending how you fell at work. If you tripped over something can make a compensation claim. In the UK 'Injury Lawyers 4U' is popular if the accident happened at work with a no win no fee promise. Not sure if you have similar injury lawyers firms in South Africa?

Bella's suggestion sounds similar to my suggestion, would file a complaint against your boss for not being treated fairly. Civil Court for misconduct at a workplace is another option? Law courts in different counties can vary! Law being so complex, complicated and longwinded. 

Good luck, hope you get the help and support you deserve soon.

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