When Joe’s wife fell on the job, he knew they were in for trouble. Rita wasn’t much of a complainer. When she broke her toe, she hardly made a peep. When she got ten stitches for that cut finger, she hardly uttered a word. Fact is, she never complained about much unless she was really in pain.
Which is why Joe realized they were both in trouble.
The first time he left his job to take Rita to physical therapy, Joe’s boss didn’t say much. “Take care of your wife!” he joked. “But tell her she owes us a Bundt cake for all your missed work!”
But when Joe’s time off mounted, his boss became more aggravated. “One of these days, your job won’t be waiting for you when you get back!”
With Rita out of work, half their income was gone and with the hours he spent driving her to physical therapy, a good chunk of Joe’s income was gone, too. Medical mileage didn’t come close to compensating their loss.
But Joe’s problem wasn’t his boss or his wife’s injury. Joe’s problem was that he didn’t know the law.
The first time I met him, Joe was exhausted, overwhelmed by his wife’s injury and convinced that he had nowhere to turn. Imagine his surprise when I told him that Rita’s employer was responsible for the transportation to and from physical therapy!
All that time. All those lost hours. And here it was her employer’s responsibility to get her to her doctor’s appointments! I made a few phone calls and Joe’s problem was solved.
Many people don’t know their rights under the law. Many, like Joe, drive themselves crazy during uncertain times, risking everything while the responsible parties go scott free.
If you or someone you know has been hurt on the job, give us a call. Employers have many responsibilities when an employee’s injured on the job. It’s my job to make sure you’re informed.