Fractures are a commonly occurring injury in settings where manual labor is required to perform job duties and are injuries that require lengthy periods of recovery and expensive medical care. In order to promote proper healing, workers who have suffered fractured bones may need to take an extended leave from work and lost wages can create an additional financial burden for the victim of a workplace accident. The Chicago Injury Center is a personal injury law firm in Illinois that represents the best interests of the injured and it is our goal to make sure that every one of our clients is able to make a full recovery from their injuries and return to work without any undue financial pressure.
Fractures Sustained On The Job
Jobs in the labor sector carry a higher risk of fracture due to the use of dangerous machinery and an environment conducive to impact injuries and falls. Fractures are possible in any work setting however, and can be the result of any unexpected trauma. Common causes of fractures include the following.
- Tripping or falling. Trips and falls are one of the most common types of injuries reported and can happen at any work place. Wet floors, slippery surfaces, poor lighting and obstacles in an employee’s path can all cause a trip or a fall, and fractures may occur if the person lands awkwardly or extends his or her wrists on the way to the floor.
- Accidents involving machinery. Machinery is capable of causing severe injuries which include broken or crushed bones.
- Impact injuries. Fallen objects or impact with a tool or object on the job site may cause a fracture. Examples include dropping a heavy object on one’s foot, striking a body part against a tool or having an object strike his or her body from above.
- Carelessness of co-workers. A momentary slip-up on the part of a colleague or other person working in close proximity to you can have serious consequences.
Medical Treatment for Fractures
Medical treatment is dependent on the type of fracture and its severity and can be as simple as setting the bone with a cast and letting it heal or may require surgery and devices to hold the bone in place as it heals. In some instances, internal fixation devices are inserted permanently. In all cases, the worker is advised not to perform manual labor during recovery and if his or her job requires manual labor, this may result in a leave from work. Employers are required to provide workers’ compensation benefits to all employees injured on the job and if an act of negligence was the cause of the accident, the employee may be entitled to additional compensation for the cost of medical care, reimbursement for lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you have been injured in a workplace injury, contact one of the work injury lawyers at the Chicago Injury Center to schedule a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case and answer any questions you may have about your rights and legal options.