Protocol for an injury from a practical joke?
September 4, 2013 11:34 AM Subscribe
My friend's wife pushed me from their deck into their in-ground pool on Sunday at a party. Now my knee is damaged.
I could barely walk back to my car; saw a doctor tuesday; complete tear of the ACL + more (evil triad if that means anything to you.)
I'm married, have a 21 month old and work for myself (I make money when I'm mostly on the road, although I do some writing/consulting from home.) Minimum I'm off my feet for a month....yes, I'm consulting lawyers, but I'd like to keep the friendship, if possible. Help!
posted by Towelie to human relations (35 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the greater details: Full ACL tear, an occult fracture of the tibia, partial Medial Ligament + meniscus tear.
I'm really not sure what to do here. Is his homeowners supposed to cover some/any of this? Yes, if she hadn't knocked me into the pool, I wouldn't be injured. But I also know, his wife didn't mean to have me get hurt.
I'd like to keep the friendship, and I'm not sure how he/they are going to handle the news.
What's the protocol on this? I'm going to call and tell them tonight....but after I tell them I got hurt, what should I be saying next?
Yes, You are not my lawyer or doctor. I'd like to keep the friendship; they're good people - she didn't intend this to happen; and I'm sure they didn't mean for me to need a (possible) 50k surgery, be out of work (because I'm not able to travel to clients - I freelance), or be unable to pick up my daughter. I'm not really sure what to do here.
(Yes, I'm also trying to reach a friend who is a personal injury lawyer for advice as well.)
But I can't be the first person who got injured at a friend's house due to intentional behavior like this. What's the protocol to talking to them? And what I should do for my family?