Injured Left Ankle - Fell Out Of The Truck

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Susan D. 's Comment
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Need advice. Not sure how it happened because it was all so fast and was using the hand rails, but i fell out of the truck yesterday evening. I'm in Carlisle, PA on a reset.

I iced and wrapped it and staying off it but pretty much can't walk on it today. It's not misshapen, not really swollen at this point but badly bruised and won't stop throbbing even when propped up.

Should i go ahead and notify my company? Don't have to pick up my load til tomorrow afternoon in Frederick MD. Considering getting it xrayed to be on safe side.. take a taxi? Or should i wait to see what tonight or tomorrow brings? The load is a brokered load and easily canceled, but they're trying to get me back to Midwest for service on my truck.

Any advice or suggestions?

Old School's Comment
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Sue, anytime you get injured while on the job you should notify them right away.

By the way, falling while getting out of the truck is the most common way that truck drivers get injured while on the job. It generally runs up around 75% of the total of their on the job injuries.

Isaac H.'s Comment
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I fell out of my truck a couple months after i went solo. Just knocked the wind out of me, but it's a steep fall looking at it from the ground.

If you're going to go anywhere to get it xrayed, I'd suggest using uber to ride there. It's a good sign if it's not swollen. I hope you get better soon.

G-Town's Comment
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Susan you should inform your employer about the injury. I'd also get it looked at by a professional. You could have internal damage that's not obvious to you. I have suffered through many ankle injuries in my lifetime...painful and can take a while to heal.

Sorry to hear this happened. Take it easy. Good luck with it.

Jeffry T.'s Comment
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Sue,on February 9th last year i did the same thing. I was at a shipper and and slipped getting out of my truck to check in. The security guard seen me and for this reason i was sent by ambulance for medical attention. If I were you I would notify my company. My ankle was not broken and did not immediately swell but was severely sprained and started to swell over the next 3 days. I was off work for 90 days and had to go to physical therapy 3 times a week for 8 weeks. To this day over a year later my ankle is still swollen and when it is bitterly cold still hurts. I have returned to work since last may and for the most part it does not bother me. I am not saying your injury is the same as mine but it could be a possibility .

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Thanks for the advice. I let dispatch know this morning. I'm limping around in the truck a little bit better.. got my floors swept and washed. It's definitely bruised, but ibuprofen is helping immensely. I'm gonna see how it is later this afternoon and if its any worse I'll go get an xray.

For now, I'm just hanging out jamming to the radio. Geeze I really need to do some laundry.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Thanks for the advice. I let dispatch know this morning. I'm limping around in the truck a little bit better.. got my floors swept and washed. It's definitely bruised, but ibuprofen is helping immensely. I'm gonna see how it is later this afternoon and if its any worse I'll go get an xray.

For now, I'm just hanging out jamming to the radio. Geeze I really need to do some laundry.

Good move.

And what this goes to, is not to intimate that someone is a malingerer or anything of the sort.

If this turns out to be nothing - FANTASTIC. Go get the X-Ray and eliminate the possibility that it is anything worse (hairline fracture, etc.).

If it turns out to be MORE than nothing, that you have it noted officially - and if you end up needing time off to recoup, there's no questions for WC/Disability that this was "work related".

As we get older, our body reacts more slowly - both to recognizing injury, and recovering from it (not that I'm calling you old or anything). Even if you're not flatbedding, trucking requires some physical agility. Just climbing in & out of the truck is more climbing in one day - than the average non-trucker does in a year.

Safeguard your health, and your ability to do this job for a long time to come.

Rick

John C.'s Comment
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Reporting it was a smart move. I'm not a trucker yet, but I've had a pretty serious work related injury in the past. Workers comp insurance companies really frown on a delay in reporting. It make them suspicious of weather it was really work related or not.

Hope your ankle heals fast!

Kanelin's Comment
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Sue, aren't you a retired nurse? Lol we can be such hardheads sometimes. Go to an urgent care or ER and get it looked at. Ankles are very complex and long term injuries can seem mild at first but can end up crippling you later.

Serah D.'s Comment
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Sue, aren't you a retired nurse? Lol we can be such hardheads sometimes. Go to an urgent care or ER and get it looked at. Ankles are very complex and long term injuries can seem mild at first but can end up crippling you later.

How true, my mom was a nurse. Susan, please go and have it checked out tonight. Its better to know sooner than later. Hope its nothing much tho!

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