In 2017, nearly 6,600 people suffered fractures on the job in Pennsylvania. This common injury can occur on construction sites and in warehouses as well as other places where you might not usually expect traumatic injuries, such as offices and hospitals. If you’ve been injured on the job and broken a bone, you may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits, which cover medical bills and part of your lost wages while you’re unable to work.
We see broken bones across a range of professions, and the most common incidences of on-the-job accidents include:
- Vehicle crashes: Transportation drivers and delivery workers who get into accidents often suffer broken bones. You may also be driving to see a client or pick something up for your boss.
- Slips and falls: One of the most common types of work-related accidents, slips and falls can happen in any profession, and they’re more likely to result in breaks if they happen from elevation.
- Impacts involving equipment: Those in the construction and other heavy machinery professions work next to machinery that can weigh several tons. If a machine malfunctions or the operator makes a mistake, you could break a bone if you’re standing nearby.
- Impacts involving falling objects: Construction sites often see objects falling from a high elevation. Even a small item dropped from a tall height can lead to a broken bone for someone below.
How to File a PA Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Fracture
If you think you have a broken bone, you should seek emergency assistance right away. Once you’ve received treatment, inform your employer about the injury as soon as possible by providing a written notification or filling out an accident report. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you need to tell your employer about your injury in a timely manner.
You may be directed to get an exam by a physician approved by your employer through their insurance company. When you file your claim seeking workers’ compensation due to time lost from an on-the-job fracture, put as much detail in the document as possible.
Can I Get a Workers’ Comp Settlement for a Broken Bone?
You can receive a workers’ compensation settlement when you break a bone, but do not sign anything your employer gives you until you’ve consulted with a lawyer. Many companies try to settle workers’ compensation claims for far less than they’re worth, assuming people will not want to go through the hassle of a drawn-out claims process. Don’t let your time off due to injury be undervalued.
Consult With Us to File a Workers’ Comp Claim for a Broken Bone Suffered on the Job in Pennsylvania
Frommer D’Amico has experience handling workers’ compensation cases. We take on only workers’ compensation matters, and we never represent employers, just employees. We’ll come to your location for meetings, and we charge low fees, so contact us today by calling 717-400-1000 or getting in touch online.