any help with my issue would be gratefully appreciated.
my work position was recieving. last month, i developed severe back pain, w/ pain going down my right leg. i went to work and told my manager. i asked if i could get off early. this happened the next 2 days, until i was in so much pain i was in tears. i went to my own doctor 2 days later. i was written off work for 4 days and sent to physical therapy. i went back to work on "light duty". i then asked 2 of my managers about workman's comp. i was told by one not to bother, and another told me i didn't qualify b/c i didn't fill out an incident report. i wasn't asked too. i was also asked what day it happened. i generally lift 30-40 lb boxes everyday, and it didn't happen in an instant one day. the pain was building up, but i didn't think it was serious, just soreness.
a month later, another employee was injured. she was denied workman's comp/incident report because she was on a break. her family has spoken to a lawyer, and may sue. i have been told that i should possibly speak to this attorney or my own.
i spoke with my head manager about my concerns again today. she admitted her staff was uninformed, and she would try to put in a claim for me, but was unsure b/c of the time lapse. this is the 3rd incident in our store.
what are my options? i am not looking for hand outs, however i am still in alot of pain, and cannot do things i used to be able to do. i am worried this pain will stay with me. i don't know what to do, or what my rights are at this point. the doctor bills are on their way.
thank you for your time.