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If it was a work injury, it is covered by workman's compensation for lost wages. That is the only remedy.
Do you have additional concerns?
That is the purpose of workers compensation, for better or for worse.
First, it is to guarantee that a worker injured or made sick on the job will receive full medical, surgical and hospital treatments at no cost to him or her, as well as get recurring periodic payments to replace lost wages, or permanent disability benefits should he be unable to return to work.
Second, employers are mandated by law to purchase workers' compensation insurance or provide self-insurance. It is mandated so that the workers' injury is covered, and to bar the employee from suing the employer for on the job injuries.
The exception is in cases were the injury was intentionally caused by the employer.
Thank you for your response.
First, Washington has no state law that requires bike helmets. I confirmed this on the Washington State Department of Transportation web site. However, some cities and counties do have helmet laws. Most of those laws require helmets on public paths only. As a result, there is nothing that would compel your employer to require helmets, although it would be a wise thing to do.
I am afraid that the injury, is still covered by Worker's Compensation. That is the only recovery.
If you believe safety laws were broken, you can report it to OSHA or the Department of Labor in your State. It is unlikely to change your situation, but the company's policies may be required to change.
I am truly sorry for your troubles.
I am afraid that is a medical question. I imagine an MMPI would not be necessary unless there was significant indicia of ongoing issues, but that is a separate question.
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