Recovering Compensation for Broken and Fractured Bones
Broken bones and bone fractures from work accidents are generally compensable under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. These types of injuries are common, especially in certain types of manual labor industries such as construction. Whatever your occupation, if you suffered a work-related broken bone or fracture, the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
Workers in almost any industry may become involved in an accident resulting in a broken bone or fracture injury. However, some occupations are at higher risk than others due to the inherent duties of the job and work environment, such as:
Types of Fractures
Fractures vary in size, location, type, and severity. These factors are all important considerations when it comes to the value of the claim. Some common types of fractures include:
- Avulsion – a piece of bone attached to a tendon or ligament tears away from the rest of the bone
- Closed – there is no open wound associated with the fracture
- Comminuted – the bone breaks into several pieces
- Compound – the broken bone causes other injuries, such as pierced organs
- Depressed – crushing of the cranial bone towards the brain
- Fissure – the bone splits but does not break
- Greenstick – part of the bone is broken and the other part is bent
- Impacted – multiple fragments of bone are driven into each other
- Linear – fracture that extends parallel to the length of the bone
- Open – broken bone pierces the skin
- Stable – least severe type of fracture, causing no nerve damage or displacement
- Stress – tiny cracks in the bone, often caused by overuse
Common Causes of Broken Bones
There are many ways in which a worker’s bone may become broken. Some of the most common causes of broken bones include:
- Crushed by/caught in between accidents – When workers become crushed by or caught in between equipment, they may suffer broken bones.
- Falling objects – Construction workers may suffer bone fractures if they are struck by falling objects.
- Heavy equipment – Rollovers, improperly maintained equipment, and unguarded parts can all cause broken bones.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Delivery drivers, truckers, and others who drive for work are at risk of getting in a motor vehicle accident and suffering broken bone injuries.
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents – Broken bones may result from these types of accidents, which are among the most common in many workplaces.
Broken bones are typically diagnosed by a radiologist who takes x-ray images of the injury. There are several treatment methods for broken bones, depending on how and where the bone was fractured. Some treatment options include:
Valuation of a Broken Bone/Fracture Claim
In Pennsylvania, workers must report their injuries to their employers within 120 days to remain eligible for compensation. If the employer accepts the claim, the injured worker may receive payment for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses, wage loss compensation, and other types of benefits.
The amount of compensation a worker may receive for a work-related broken bone depends on several factors. Pennsylvania workers may be eligible for temporary and/or permanent disability benefits, depending on the severity of their injury, how long they missed work due to the injury, and what type of treatment and rehabilitation they require. Workers should seek advice from a qualified workers’ compensation attorney in their local area, as laws vary by state.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Assist Workers in Obtaining Compensation for Broken Bones
If you suffered a broken bone or fracture injury in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for various workers’ compensation benefits. Contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. for assistance with your claim. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW today.
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