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Workers’ Compensation For Broken Bones & Fractures
Fractures and broken bones are among the of the most common workplace injuries every year, with nearly 1 in every 12 workplace accidents resulting in a fracture. These types of workplace accidents can put you and your family in a difficult situation. On average, workplace accidents involving a fracture result in 31 days away from work (BLS). Depending on the severity of your fracture or broken bone, you may experience loss of income as well as the high cost of medical treatment including x-rays, surgeries, medications, and rehabilitation services.
New York workers’ compensation is meant to protect all workers who are hurt on the job. If you’ve been in an accident at work that resulted in a broken or fractured a bone, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits in New York.
Understanding your legal rights after breaking a bone in a workplace accident can be complicated. Regardless of your occupation – manufacturing, healthcare, construction – the workers’ compensation attorneys at Terry Katz & Associates can help after you’ve suffered a broken bone or fracture on the job. Call 888-488-7459 or complete the form below to learn how we can help.
Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation For a Fractured Or Broken Bone?
The law in New York says that if you have broken or fractured a bone in a work-related accident, in most cases, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can help pay your medical expenses and a portion of any wages you’ve lost due to your broken or fractured bone.
Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy. Workers’ compensation denial rates have increased 20% over the past five years (Lockton Analytics). Your employer’s insurance company or their lawyers may fight to try to deny your rightful benefits. Also, the approval process can be complicated; a mistake on a claim form, a missed deadline, or not providing the right kind of evidence can result in your broken bone compensation claim being denied. Regardless of your circumstance the broken bones lawyer at Terry Katz & Associates can help all injured workers in New York.
Accidents That Cause Broken Bones & Fractures at Work
Many types of accidents in many different work settings can break or fracture bones. If your workplace accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, we will evaluate your case to determine if you are eligible to file a personal injury claim for additional compensation, beyond a workers’ compensation claim.
These workplace injuries may include:
Getting Hit by a Heavy Object At Work
Workers who get hit by objects falling on them, such as machinery or tools on construction sites, can have serious injuries, including broken or fractured bones. Other injuries that can cause fractured bones are a part of a worker’s body being squeezed, pinched, compressed or crushed in equipment, between shifting objects, and between stationary objects can cause fractures or broken bones.
Broken Bones and Fractures From Slip & Fall Accidents
Another common cause of broken bones and fractures is slip and fall accidents at work. Common slip and falls that can break and fracture bones are falls from ladders, falls from rooftops, and falls from scaffolding on construction sites. A fall doesn’t have to be from a high place to cause injury, though. You can break or fracture a bone by slipping and falling on a wet floor or an uneven carpet. Should you break or fracture a bone at work make sure to get medical attention right away and give us a call.
Stress Fractures At Work
Stress fractures are sometimes caused by repetitive motions and lifting heavy loads. One of the main causes of a stress fracture is a result from increasing the amount or intensity of an activity too quickly. Some stress fractures don’t heal properly, which can cause chronic pain. If underlying causes are not addressed, you may be at higher risk of additional stress fractures.
Broken bone compensation may be available when driving is part of your job and your workplace accident occurred while you were working. For example, if you are a bus driver, a truck driver, or a delivery person, you will be eligible for benefits if your vehicle crashed while you were driving for work. Even if driving is not your main job function, you may still be approved for benefits if you had an accident while you were driving for a work-related reason
Car and other motor vehicle crashes are common causes of injuries on the job. To be eligible for workers’ compensation due to a broken bone, the accident has to be work-related. Most of the time, that means you won’t be compensated for injuries due to a workplace accident that happened while you were just commuting to and from work.
Broken Bones Lawyer – Injured At Work
While New York law is clear about your rights and about what you might recover, the insurance company responsible for paying your losses may be unwilling to provide you with fair compensation or your injuries.
The Long Island workers’ compensation attorneys at Terry Katz & Associates have extensive experience handling workers’ compensation claims involving broken or fractured bones and are committed to aggressively fighting for your rightful workers’ comp benefits.
There are time limits to file your claim. To learn more about your legal rights to workers’ compensation after suffering a broken bone or fracture in a workplace accident call 888-488-7459 or complete the form below.