Fracture Injury While At Work?
Bone fractures are common injuries at work. Many jobs involve lifting heavy materials or transporting them around on forklifts and pulleys. Materials can fall on a worker, fracturing a bone on impact. Other fractures are caused when a person collides with motor vehicles or falls to a lower level.
Regardless of how you broke a bone, you might receive compensation. Please contact Delventhal Law Office and one of our Fort Wayne fracture injury lawyers can meet with you.
SIGNS YOU SUFFERED A FRACTURE
It is not always obvious when a person’s bone has cracked after a traumatic accident. We advise people to pay attention to the following symptoms:
- Weakness in a limb
- Loss of motion
- Dark bruises
- Swelling in the affected limb
If you notice any of these signs, you should have a doctor check for a possible fracture. An X-ray or other imaging test can allow the doctor to see the bone clearly and to diagnose whether it has cracked.
There are many types of fractures. Not all involve the bone breaking cleanly into two pieces. Instead, small cracks might develop which can nevertheless weaken the bone and lead to more problems if not addressed.
COMPLICATIONS FROM FRACTURES
To some, a fracture might seem like a minor injury. You might only need a cast or splint for a few weeks before the bone heals. However, broken bones have many complications, depending on the break.
For example, some fractures bones can slice nearby soft tissue, leading to additional injury. Some bones can actually cut veins, which results in internal bleeding and an accumulation of blood that puts pressure on nearby nerves or tissue. If the pressure is not relieved, then other tissue can begin to die.
A skull fracture is a very serious injury. People have died after a skull fracture, so immediate medical treatment is required.
All fractures must be properly set, which can require surgery to insert pins, plates, or screws to hold broken bones together. Unfortunately, surgery has many complications, including risk of infection.
Compensation for a Fracture
Broken bones often force workers to stay at home. Many workers experience a drop in income and feel immediate stress on their family’s finances. Nevertheless, it is vital to allow a bone to heal properly. If it doesn’t, then a person can miss even more work and incur more medical expenses in a vicious cycle.
Medical care is very expensive, especially if a worker needs surgery. It is not unusual to spend over ten thousand to have a bone set surgically. Bad fractures can also lead to muscular atrophy and require physical therapy to allow a person to re-use their limb.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits can cover the cost of all reasonable medical care. It can also provide partial wage replacement when the fracture keeps a worker out of commission.
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Delventhal Law has helped many workers obtain compensation following an accident. We fully review the facts as known to identify the correct party to blame, which might allow you to bring a third-party lawsuit. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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