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what should i do
I was at work and a ceiling tile fell
on my head and im dealing with headahce
bad and i went bacj to the hospital
yesterday and they told me that i got a
musculoskeletal injury and they gave me
some medicine for that
Asked on April 5, 2016 under Personal Injury, Louisiana
SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 5 years ago | Contributor
This was most likely not a work-related injury, so it's not clear that you'd be eligible for worker's compensation. If your employer (or its landlord, if the employer doesn't own and maintain the workspace) was negligent, or unreasonably careless, in maintenance and that's why the ceiling tile fell (for example: there was obviously loose tiles or water damage to the ceiling, but the employer or landlord--whomever maintains the space--did nothing about it), they might be liable for your injury; however, it's only if you can show fault, which may be difficult. Without fault, they would not be liable, or responsible for the injury.
Of course, even if they were liable, it would only be worth suing if you inurred signficiant out-of-pocket (not paid by insurance) medical costs, are unable to work for a prolonged time (lost wages), and/or have suffered long lasting disability or life impairment; that's because the amount of monetary compensation you could recover is related to the extent of your injuries and the costs or losses you incur. If, as we hope, you incur few costs, lose or miss little work, and recover fully and quickly, there's no point in suing: you could spend more on the lawsuit than you'd get.