Have you suffered a broken or fractured bone in a workplace accident? Fractures are one of the most common work-related injuries. While they may heal in weeks or months, sometimes they lead to long-term impairment, chronic pain, and disability.
Goidel & Siegel has represented injured workers for more than 30 years. Our New York injury lawyers will assist you with your workers’ compensation claim and pursuing compensation through additional avenues.
Bones can break or fracture in many ways, some more serious than others. Any injury that breaks the continuity of the bone is considered a fracture. There is no difference between a fractured bone vs broken bone; these terms are interchangeable.
Bone fractures can be described as:
It is a common misconception that broken bones are not very serious, despite their painful and long recovery, and that bones “heal stronger.” The truth is fractures can lead to life-long complications and disability. Some fractures never heal despite the best treatment. Some fractures take a year or longer to heal, heal incorrectly, or lead to disabling complications.
Fractures are one of the most common workplace injuries. They may be the result of repetitive strain like heavy lifting, twisting a leg, a hard fall, or a serious accident involving heavy equipment. The following are the most common types of workplace accidents that cause bone fractures.
Falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. A fall to the same level or a fall from a height can result in many types of injuries, particularly fractures. The most common bones fractured in a fall include:
You may have multiple avenues to seek compensation for a broken bone you sustained in a workplace accident. You are most likely eligible for workers’ compensation which allows you to recover medical benefits to cover medical care for your injury and wage replacement or disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation does come with important limitations. Your disability benefits are capped and may not cover your full lost earnings. You cannot seek compensation for your non-economic losses like your pain and anguish.
You may be eligible for compensation through a third-party injury lawsuit. If your accident was caused by someone other than your employer, such as a negligent motorist or the manufacturer of a defective product, you can seek additional compensation. A third-party lawsuit can allow you to recover damages for your full lost earnings, pain and suffering, reduced quality of life, and more.
You may also have protection under New York Labor Law. A labor law claim may entitle you to additional compensation beyond workers’ compensation.
The experienced New York injury lawyers at Goidel & Siegel will help you pursue the full compensation you deserve after your accident. We can assist with filing your workers’ comp claim, appealing a denied claim, and pursuing third-party injury claims.
Contact our law office today for a free consultation with a New York workplace injury lawyer. Our multilingual attorneys can meet with you in our office, at your location, or during a virtual consultation.
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