An experienced workers’ compensation paralegal for many years, I had the opportunity to raise an adjuster’s eyebrows when I gave a recorded statement for my own on-the-job injury several years ago.
I told the adjuster from the very beginning that I was calling to report my own claim because it was just my supervising attorney, Jay Gervasi, and me.
She asked, “What department do you work in?”
Answer: “All of them.”
She persisted, “Who is the HR person?”
She gamely continued, “Who is your supervisor?”
Answer: “Jay is my supervisor. Obviously, he was not doing a very good job of supervising me since I got hurt.”
But I’m sure a red flag went up
when I told her that I got hurt putting a wood chisel through my hand.
That’s right, a wood chisel.
I adapted my desk so that the top drawers are open to provide more work space. I made the covers that fit over the drawers in order to use the drawer but also have an extra surface to work on.
One day I reorganized the drawer, and the cover did not fit any more. I had to remove the block of wood under the cover. I guess I did too thorough of
a job attaching it. I needed a wood chisel to remove the piece of wood.
But the wood chisel slipped and went through the thumb pad of my left hand. I ended up in the emergency room. When the triage clerk asked me if I had had an accident, I feigned puzzlement and replied, “No, I did it on purpose so I could get the day off.”
Where did I get the wood chisel? From my supervising attorney.
Debbie is a North Carolina State Bar Certified Paralegal employed by Jay A. Gervasi, Jr.
in Greensboro, North Carolina, and is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice Legal Assistant Division
and the North Carolina Bar Association Paralegal Division
. The photos are courtesy of Jay and Debbie’s office mates, who had a little fun with the “crime scene.” They sound like a great group to work with, and Practical Paralegalism
thanks Debbie for generously sharing this just-another-day-in-the-life-of-a-paralegal story with its readers.