Any worker in any industry can suffer a broken bone in a work-related accident. Broken bones can lead to significant expenses ranging from the cost of treatment to days missed from work. If you’ve been the victim of a broken bone injury because of a workplace accident, you could be eligible to receive compensation for your injury. Our Wheaton and Schaumburg workers’ compensation attorneys will examine your case and help you figure out your next steps. We understand the stress and pain a workplace injury can cause, which is why we will fight for you at each stage of the legal process.Work Accidents Leading to Broken Bones
Broken bones, in some cases, heal relatively fast with no major problems. In other cases, however, broken bone injuries can cause long-term health concerns such as chronic pain, loss of mobility, disability, and even an inability to work. Broken bone injuries are common, especially in certain types of industries such as construction. From small fractures to multiple breaks, bones can be compromised in a variety of ways. While some industries are more dangerous than others, broken bones can be the result of:
- Falls from heights;
- Being crushed by/caught between accidents;
- Falling objects;
- Motor vehicle crashes;
- Slip, trip, and fall accidents;
- Heavy equipment accidents; and/or
- Other work-related accidents.
As with any type of workplace injury, your recovery of benefits will be based on the severity of the harm that you suffered. Broken bones can lead to significant medical expenses and lost time from work – a burden you should not have to face alone. All work-related injuries, including broken bones, are generally covered by workers’ compensation. Illinois workers’ compensation is meant to protect all workers who are injured on the job by providing certain benefits irrespective of who was at fault for the accident. In Illinois, workers must report their injuries within 45 days of the date that the accident occurred to remain eligible for compensation. If the employer accepts the claim, the injured worker may be able to receive compensation for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses, wage loss compensation, and other types of benefits, including short-term or long-term disability benefits.
In severe cases where broken bone injuries, such as an extreme crushing injuries, lead to death, you may be eligible for death benefits. These benefits include a one-time funeral payment, wage loss benefits, and payment for dependent children. While nothing can replace a loved one, workers’ compensation benefits can help you deal with the financial burden that often ensues after such an unexpected loss.Third Party Claims for Broken Bone Injuries
Workers’ compensation is generally a sole remedy, meaning it prohibits you from suing co-workers and employers for causing a work injury. There is one exception, however, and that is if a third party caused your injury. In such a scenario, you could potentially hold that party liable in a personal injury lawsuit, and a knowledgeable injury attorney can help. For instance, if you broke a few bones after being hit by an improperly operated heavy machine, you could potentially hold the crane operator’s employer liable through a third party lawsuit so long as you do not have the same employer. A personal injury lawsuit allows workers to recover compensation for things like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, property damage, and other losses that are not typically available through workers’ compensation.Consult an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Schaumburg or Wheaton
Anyone who has ever broken a bone knows how stressful it can be. If you have suffered a broken bone in a workplace accident, our experienced Schaumburg and Wheaton attorneys can help you recover the compensation and benefits you rightfully deserve. At Therman Law Offices, we have extensive experience protecting the rights of Illinois workers and can put our knowledge to use in your case. We proudly take on clients from West Chicago, Westmont, Oakbrook Terrace, Lemont, Clarendon Hills, Lisle, Darien, Downers Grove, and Bolingbrook. For more information regarding your legal rights, please call us at 312-588-1900 or contact us online.