IAmA Scuba Instructor who was wrongfully terminated after getting my finger bitten by an octopus during a dive, fought it, and after 3 years won the worker's comp case. AMA!
While working in Hawaii, I was taught how to handle octopus, and encouraged to do so. I had done it easily 100 times before this incident, with zero aggression, and this one just didn't want to play and let me know by biting my left middle finger. Here are some pictures of my finger throughout the healing process. While I was laying in the emergency room waiting to be stitched up, I got a call from my former employer in which all he said to me was, "Bro, I'm fucking pissed. You're fired" and hung up on me. It took over 3 years to get a final verdict, which included me winning the initial hearing, him appealing it, and me having to fly all the way back out there for a 2nd hearing in front of the appeals board. I had no lawyer to help me through all of it, just my amazing mother. Feel free to ask me anything about the incident, the hearings, the rulings, and anything else!