I had a somewhat similar issue happen to me, I tore my bicep and also some nerve damage that sometimes created numbness in my fingers and pain in my elbow. A scaffolding walk board broke and I caught myself after falling about 10 feet. At that point I was still 30 feet off the ground.
The company safety manager praised me for thinking fast and catching myself and in turn saving the company a boatload of money. His words. I had to go to there hand picked med center for my urine test and then treatment. I was told I had a stained bicep and I could return to work with limited responsibilities. Needless, they insisted that I was making the injury worse than it was. I called a lawyer, the next day. My 30 minute consultation was free. After we talked she sent me to a different medical center to be evaluated. Where they determined my real injuries, the company fought it and in turn fired me for not returning to work as their doctor ordered. It took about 12 months for the doctor to release me for full work after being off for 4 months until I found a new job. Two surgeries later my bicep is okay, I can no way lift what I once could, but the finger and elbow numbness is a real problem for me.
I won the case against the company, I was paid back wages from the time of injury until I found a new job, they had to pay my legal fees and I also received a 25% disability which was $20,000.00.
At the end of the day, the 20,000.00 was not worth it. Fishing bothers me some days, I can't ride a motorcycle for very long, so I sold that, I can still hunt, field dressing sometimes can be a challenge but I get through it.
Good luck to you!
Edited by: WILKERSONR at: 9/17/2011 (19:02)