Diabetics and Injuries

By Somoca Latest Reply 2011-06-28 09:17:38 -0500
Started 2011-06-22 21:01:58 -0500

I could use some helpful advice DC family. I take the bus to work everyday. a handicapped man rode his wheelchair onto the bus and before I could get out of the way. He rolled his motorwheelchair over my toe…OUCHHHHH. Of course we all know how valuable our toes are and let me tell you it hurts like…well you get the picture. I was told the bus company is liable, is this true? I am worried about my toe and my job insurance doesn't start until August. What do I do??? I am in some pain let me tell you. Help me out people…

17 replies

spitfirelady 2011-06-23 18:01:57 -0500 Report

Oh, if your toe discolors and pain increases or tightens and toe turns odd color of white/red, see a doctor anyway!!! (to be perfectly honest, search a doctor anyway to document your injury and care for it correctly..xray?

spitfirelady 2011-06-23 17:58:22 -0500 Report

Ouch!! Get the baggie of ice and ice it for 20 minutes three times a day or so.
Make sure you put something between the bag and your toe, like a light hand towel and check it isn't getting too cold within that 20 minutes. Can you move it? Do you think it is broken? Get it elevated above your heart to release some of the pressure in your foot. Sorry you were run over by this guy! He had no right…but in all honesty, he has probably been run over for awhile if he has been in a wheelchair. I know we say people don't feel our pain as diabetics, but to be in a wheelchair, I am sure he has seen rough times as well. Getting on a bus, he must have been put in situations where if he did not move quickly, he was knocked out of line many times. BUT, there is NO excuse for his actions. So Sorry!! How long ago did this happen?

Somoca 2011-06-23 18:01:57 -0500 Report

yesterday evening..what a way to end the day

spitfirelady 2011-06-24 09:34:59 -0500 Report

If your toe is not broken, and you cool it with ice, for a couple of days, do keep it elevated when possible…and see doctor if it does not seem to improve…or better yet, since you are a diabetic, a visit is best if toe is bad! Hope it gets better soon!

ochibeachgirl 2011-06-23 17:09:42 -0500 Report

Definitely watch that toe - you may have blood under the nail which could lead to infection. You could try soaking it in icy cold water or put a ziplock with ice on it for about 10 minutes to stop any further damage, but be careful if the feeling is not normal - keep a watch that your foot does not turn blue or anything like that (I am a PT who's sweet!).

MrsCDogg 2011-06-23 05:46:33 -0500 Report

I used to be a CNA and I can not tell you how many times I've had people run over my feet with wheelchairs, run into my legs and most of the time they just didn't care either!! Just because someone is in a wheelchair doesn't automatically give them a pass. Hope you can find this guy and get your toe taken care of!! I think I'd definitely get in touch with an attorney too.

jayabee52 2011-06-22 23:37:26 -0500 Report

You might want to check with a local lawyer where it happened, Somoca. They would know the local laws on that issue the best. Some personal injury lawyers will give a free consult on the issue. Don't take the word of the transit company's lawyers as they will probably try to get you to sign off on the injury as cheaply as possible. I also hope you got the man's identity and contact information. Also if you can remember who was there and witnessed the incident. If you can get them to write a statement about what happened it may be helpful.

What you may want to do is write down all you can remember about the incident, so it doesn't fade in the memory over time. If you can write it as an affidavit it would probably be useful.

Sorry about your toes. That must hurt like Blazes! I pray that there is not much damage and that your pain goes away and you heal quickly.


Type1Lou 2011-06-23 17:31:13 -0500 Report

Seems like the liability for this would rest primarily with the wheelchair operator and, maybe a bit with the transit company. Different states also have different negligence laws, so it would be good to consult with an attorney to determine what kind of case is possible. Some of these wheelchair drivers seem to think they are exempt from acting in a reasonable and prudent manner.

Somoca 2011-06-23 05:13:00 -0500 Report

Thanks jay. I hope too. My toe use to be limber and no problems but I woke up with a stiffness this morning and a tingle I never had before,sighs we diabetics go through a lot.

Harlen 2011-06-22 22:03:00 -0500 Report

The man is at liabl under the law
The same thing happned to me on the cruse ship being careless is being careless
just like driving a car .
Sorry your feet hurt I know what its like.
Best wishes

Somoca 2011-06-22 21:50:46 -0500 Report

I was told the bus is liable because they are suppose to clear the area before the handicapped are boarded; the driver didn't do that and didn't give me a chance to get out of the way.

Louri 2011-06-22 21:20:09 -0500 Report

I don't know why the bus co. would be liable, maybe the man? But good luck finding him. Try a free phone consultation w/ an attorney? A sliding scale clinic?

Louri 2011-06-22 21:21:52 -0500 Report

you should definintely get it checked out though, if it is still sore tomorrow. Our feet are nothing to mess with.

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