Workers' compensation is about people. Since each person is unique, each workers' compensation case is different. Every case has a story to tell. This chapter is about real individuals, with real situations. The names and some minor circumstances have been changed to avoid revealing the true identities of the people involved.
Jack was not at all sure what he was going to do. He hadn't asked to be injured. Yet one by one his friends and family had deserted him, as if he had brought the whole mess upon himself.
"Can't they see it's not my fault? I'm doing everything they tell me to do," he screamed, startling Natalie, his eighteen-monthold daughter.
He would never forget that day as long as he lived. If only he had called in sick, he reminisced, things would certainly be different.
He had gone to work that day as he had for the past sixteen years. While he knew that his job was riskier than some, he loved the work. Oh sure, it had its days -- just like any job. He had known others who had been hurt, but he was a good worker,