If you sustained a fractured or broken bone in an accident on the job, you should work with an attorney before filing your workers’ compensation claim. Broken bones can require more extensive treatment than just x-rays and a cast. To ensure you receive compensation for all of your medical treatment, as well as any time off work, our attorneys can negotiate your claim with the insurance company.
At Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC, our attorneys have extensive experience assisting clients dealing with workplace accidents and broken bones. We represent clients in a variety of different industries in Richmond, VA and the surrounding areas and will fight to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
Workplace Accidents and Broken Bones
Fractures and broken bones are common workplace injuries, especially in construction or industrial professions. These types of injuries can happen in nearly any type of workplace, though, including offices. While some injuries are purely accidental, others may be the result of a negligent coworker or employer. In either case, you are entitled to workers’ compensation, which should cover your medical expenses, as well as your lost wages due to time off of work.
The types of accidents that can happen in the workplace and result in a fracture or broken bone may include:
- Slips and falls
- Falling objects or debris
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Accidents involving construction vehicles
Consequences of a Broken Bone
The consequences of your fracture or broken bone will vary depending on the severity and location of the break. A simple break may require a cast and limited physical therapy to restore mobility. A bone that breaks or fractures in multiple places may require multiple surgeries and extensive therapy. Still, there is the unfortunate possibility that a bone could completely shatter.
At the very least, a broken bone requires medical treatment and short-term physical therapy. You may miss some time off work, depending on your job function. In more severe cases, you could miss several months’ of work and require surgery and extensive therapy. Broken bones can also cause nerve damage and other complications. These can cause a permanent disability that could limit your future employment opportunities.
Let Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Help
Your employer’s insurance company will do whatever it takes to settle your workers’ compensation claim for as little as possible. Some employees settle their claim too early. This often results in the employee getting far less money than he or she deserves. Should complications related to the injury arise later on, they are ineligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
We recommend that you contact our attorneys before you file your workers’ compensation claim. We can work with your doctors to determine the extent of your injury. From there, we will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to secure an appropriate settlement. We will ensure that all your medical expenses, including any surgery or physical therapy, are covered, as well as any wages lost due to time away from work.
If you or a loved one has suffered a broken bone in a workplace accident, contact our expert attorneys today for an initial case evaluation.