Broken bones are common on-the-job injuries. In addition to being painful, they can leave workers temporarily or, in some cases, permanently disabled. In Illinois, injured workers can receive workers’ compensation benefits. But the claims process can be difficult and frustrating. The experienced Peru broken bone lawyers at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP can help.
A broken bone (or fracture) can happen at any workplace. But workers in some jobs face a higher risk. Bones can be broken in a slip and fall accident, a motor vehicle crash, falling objects, or a fall from a substantial height. Bones can suffer many types of breaks and fractures, such as:
- Closed – the broken bone does not pierce the skin
- Open – the broken bone pierces the skin
- Displaced – the bone breaks into two or more parts that are not aligned with each other
- Non-displaced – the bone is broken into two or more parts, but stays in alignment
- Partial – the bone is cracked, but not completely broken
- Hairline – the bone has a very small crack that can be difficult to see
Any type of fracture is going to leave a worker in pain and with limitations. These limitations often leave workers unable to perform their job duties. Under the state’s workers’ compensation system, injured workers can receive 100% coverage for necessary treatment related to their injury. They can also receive two-thirds of their average weekly wage while they are unable to work.
An Attorney Will Put Together a Case for the Benefits You Need
But employers and insurance companies are always looking for ways to limit their responsibility. They may question the extent of your broken bone injury, and try to say you are ready to return to work, even though you are still recovering. This leaves you in a position of having to prove the severity of your injury.
That’s why it’s important to have an experienced attorney on your side. We put together a strong case that proves your injury was work-related and will fight to get you the benefits you deserve until you are ready to return to work. If your initial claim is denied, we’ll be at your side during the entire appeals process.
If you have suffered a broken bone in a work-related accident, contact us to learn more about how we can advance your claim.