Walter is a 37-year-old man who lives and works in San Diego, California. He lives in a two bedroom apartment which he shares with his girlfriend of five years, and he’s been gradually putting his money away in a savings account for the day they should ever have an emergency - or the day when they finally put a deposit down on their own place.
The work on one of the high-rise buildings in San Diego was supposed to be a regular day of work just like any other one. The weather was clear and the sun wasn’t too harsh - so the construction team figured that it was the perfect day to finish some much-needed repairs. He wasn’t worried: In fact, he had booked a romantic dinner for him and his wife on the same night at one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood.
Everything appeared to go fine on the day of the repairs. After all, Walter was pretty confident that everyone on the team was properly trained to do their jobs - and as long as everyone did their part, the construction team could work like a well-oiled machine and they might even get the job done earlier than they anticipated.
There was a new face or two on the team, but they assured Walter that they knew what they were doing. He asked a few of the other guys on the construction team and they shrugged it off: The guys must be new.
Walter was concerned, but after quizzing the team on a few safety basics, he was sure that they were good to go.
Halfway into the job, he noticed that they were starting to goof off more than it was safe to do. He warned them to stop, and it seemed like one warning was enough to keep them in check. This way dangerous work, after all.
Things went wrong when Walter felt his foot catch on a wire someone had draped over the scaffolding. He went straight forward, falling right on his head and subsequently on his knee. Walter was knocked unconscious momentarily.
The pain from the injury was tremendous and immediate. Walter couldn’t move his left leg. There was no chance of him being able to complete the rest of the job - and they had to phone a supervisor and lower him down the scaffolding the hard way.
Immediate medical attention was needed. According to the emergency room doctor, Walter had not only dislocated the kneecap from his fall, but also fractured his leg in two places from the impact.
He had to let his girlfriend know from the hospital that dinner for the night was off: Worse than this, he was going to have to let her know that they needed to open up their savings account to pay for the medical bills that would pile up in the months to come.
The doctors recommended that Walter be taken off the job for at least six months: He needed the time to heal, and depending on how the injury healed, he might even need additional surgery on top of this. Walter was also advised to seek psychiatric help due to brain trauma.
Walter was furious that the rookie worker’s mistake on the job had caused this injury in the first place. He phoned his supervisor, who said that the worker had since been disciplined regarding another incident and was no longer part of the team. Beyond this, his supervisor took no further responsibility - and said that this type of injury wasn’t covered.
As a result of the injury, Walter experiences chronic pain in his left leg and has trouble walking even short distances. Standing on the job has become painful and much harder to do than before the accident, and the cost of the surgeries have totaled more than his savings could handle.
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