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Work Injuries and Bone Fractures

Matt Murphy Sep 12, 2017

A person with a broken leg sitting in a hospital bedA work-related injury can happen at any job. For some, a workplace accident may result in minor injuries, like scrapes and bruises, while others may lead to bone fractures. When a work-related injury, such as a broken bone, has occurred as a result of the negligence of an employer or co-worker, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and other damages.

At Murphy Law, our personal injury attorneys are skilled in getting victims of work injuries and bone fractures the compensation they deserve. Serving Great Falls, MT and Billings, MT, our legal team is ready to work for you.

Common Causes of Work-related Bone Fractures

There are many different types of on-the-job accidents that can result in bone fractures. Some common causes of work-related bone fractures include:

  • Vehicle crashes
  • Slipping and falling
  • Malfunctioning equipment
  • Falling objects
  • Spills
  • Co-worker or employer negligence

Types of Bone Fractures

There are different ways in which a bone can fracture. While no bone fracture is a “good” fracture, some of far more serious than others. Depending on the location and type of fracture, it's possible for a broken bone to lead to tissue damage and impact the health of surrounding organs. In other cases, a broken bone can cause lifelong issues, such as impaired mobility or chronic pain. Some types of bone fractures include:

  • Comminuted fracture: A comminuted fracture occurs when the bone is shattered into multiple pieces and is commonly called a “shattered bone.”
  • Displaced fracture: A displaced fracture describes a fracture in which the bone breaks in two or more places, causing the fractured ends to become misaligned.
  • Non-displaced fracture: A non-displaced fracture is a fracture in which the bone may break partially or fully but remains aligned.
  • Open fracture: An open fracture is when the bone breaks through the skin. Open fractures carry an increased risk of infection both within the bone and surrounding tissues.
  • Closed fracture: A closed fracture is when the bone breaks but does not break through the skin.

Protect Your Rights after a Work-related Bone Fracture

After sustaining a bone fracture in the workplace, the full extent of the injury may not be immediately apparent. A bone fracture may not heal properly or may leave the victim with chronic pain or mobility issues.

In some cases, subsequent surgeries and extensive physical therapy may be necessary. This can result in workers' compensation or insurance claims being settled before the full damage of an injury is known, leaving some with insufficient compensation for their medical expenses and other damages.

Because the full extent of an injury may not be known for some time, it's important to consult a personal injury attorney as soon as possible following an injury. A personal injury attorney can help protect your rights and ensure you get the compensation you deserve and need.

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys

If you have suffered a bone fracture or other injury while at work, our personal injury attorneys will work on your behalf to ensure your rights are protected. To learn more about your legal options, you are encouraged to schedule a consultation with our legal team today.

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