My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: North Dakota
Longstory short at the bottom.
Matter at hand:
I know I should've sought some legal assistance, but I would've been unable to pay the lawyer fee's as I was 18 at the time, it is now 2 years since this incident. I can't do anything now, but I'm wondering what may have possibly happened if I had.
I had been in the construction industry since the age of 15, and knew my way around a job site. My first day on this particular site was hell, and everyday thereafter.
It was approximately 9:30 A.M. when we (Father, Another Work, and myself) were instructed to cut out a wall at an ACS factory to proceed with the task at hand.
There was an excavator digging on the other side of the wall, which the ceiling was removed and both sides cut, leaving only the bottom to cut. There were two temp supports at the top of the wall, crudely fashioned. The excavator operator kept nudging the wall (accidently) and ended up knocking down one support.
We climbed out of the hole, and told him to stop operating until we finished cutting the wall, that he was endangering us.
Around that time it was break, we took our break then proceeded back to work to finish cutting the wall. The superintendent came out and asked why the operator wasn't doing his job, cursing like a sailor of course. We told him why, which he dismissed and then proceeded to operate. We got out of the hole, got our asses chewed, and sent back into the hole. We continued cutting the wall and he kept digging. He nudged the wall one to many times and ended up break a large piece off (~80lbs) which then came crashing down onto my wrist while I was cutting. The saw obviously came flying out, endangering the lives of the other 2 people down there, as well as myself.
I was taken to the hospital, this happened there-http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=115862&p=495869#post495869
Anyway, I was put on light duty and was allowed to keep working.
The superintendent didn't follow by the light duty requirements of the doctor's order and had me doing things that put me in intense pain. I continued to do so, in order to keep my job. Three weeks later, after my wrist had surprisingly healed, I was brought into the office to sign papers saying that I was being laid off. It was utter bullshit, but I signed the papers anyway. I got a copy of those papers in the mail a couple weeks later. Only these papers said I was fired, not laid off. I was unable to collect unemployment because of that.
I apologize for the longevity of this matter.
The superintendent of a jobsite, broke my wrist and endangered the lives of 3 people.I was put on light duty (doctor's orders) but was "forced" to do regular work as I would otherwise, causing me great pain. I did so in order to keep my job.
After my wrist had somehow healed, I was brought into the office to sign papers of my release-They were laying me off, because of my inability to perform work to their standards. I then received a copy of the papers I had signed, only one slight difference-
The copy I received said I was terminated. Which then did not allow me to collect unemployment.
I did not misread the papers I signed, they were changed.
What should I have done in this situation, and what may have been the (possible) outcome?