Fractures and Workers’ Compensation
If you fractured a bone while on the job, you’re probably eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, even if your own negligence was the cause of the injury. To protect your right to any workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll want to report the fracture to your employer right away. Your rights will become quickly complicated after that. You can expect that your employer and its workers’ compensation insurer will do whatever they can legally do to prevent you from receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
You’ll Need Treatment and Financial Protection
After suffering a fracture while on the job, you could lose months of work. Depending on the nature and severity of the fracture, you might not ever be able to return to the position that you held before the injury. That possibility and the high cost of medical bills without an income can be financially and emotionally flattening for you and your family. You’ll want to work with a workers’ compensation lawyer who can get you the treatment and financial protection that you need.
Common Causes of Workplace Fractures
Fractures while on the job can happen in any number of ways. They might result from slip-and-falls or trip-and-falls, falling objects, machinery malfunctions, motor vehicle or heavy equipment accidents.
Some fractures are obvious, but others aren’t. Some common symptoms of fractures include sudden and sharp pain, immediate swelling, loss of range of motion and loss of the ability to move a body part.
The Emergency Room or Doctor Visit
Once you’re seen by a doctor for your condition, it’s likely that x-rays or a CT scan will be performed to determine the location and severity of any fracture. The results of one or both of these types of images will help the doctor determine how to proceed. If a fracture is diagnosed, it will be categorized as one of the following types:
- Non-displaced fractures when the bone is broken part or all of the way through, but it remains aligned
- Closed fractures when the bone breaks, but it doesn’t erupt from the skin
- Comminuted fractures when the bone breaks into several pieces
- Displaced fractures when realignment of the bone is required
- Open fractures when the bone erupts through the skin
Most fractures will require immobilization with a cast or surgery to realign the affected bone. If surgery is performed, you can expect a course of physical therapy and rehabilitation. Depending on your job duties you could be out of work for months.
A victim of multiple or complex fractures might need multiple surgeries and courses of rehabilitation. He or she can expect that their body might not ever function in the same way that it did before the injury. The one thing that is certain is that the workers’ compensation insurance company will want to settle the fracture case as soon and as inexpensively as possible.
Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you have suffered one of these injuries please feel free to contact us for free advice. We will either help you or point you in the correct direction so you can focus on moving forward.
In almost all cases when someone is injured on the job, the worker will get the best possible outcome by hiring an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
Attorney Alice A. Strömbom focuses exclusively on Workers’ Compensation Law. She is very familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to avoid providing the medical treatment and disability benefits injured workers deserve, and has a recognized track record in combating such issues.
Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.