I got injured at work and fractured both wrists. Is there something I should be doing to get a settlement?

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I got injured at work and fractured both wrists. Is there something I should be doing to get a settlement?

I work in a school and we were having a staff versus kids dodgeball game. I was
trying to avoid getting hit by the ball and was running backwards and fell,
trying to break the fall I ended up with my hands down first and broke both

Asked on November 2, 2016 under Personal Injury, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

Why would you be entitled to a settlement in the situation you describe? The school (or district, town, etc.) is only liable for  your injury if they were at fault in some way. But you describe a situation where the school, etc. was not at fault--you were running backward and tripped, then put your hands down first as you fell, breaking your wrists. The school did not cause you to fall and is not at fault in your falling and injuring yourself while running backwards. Therefore, they would not be liable, or financially responsible for, your injury.

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