Illinois Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Bone Fracture Injury

Categories: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. | April 17, 2024

You may fracture your bone from a workplace accident, like falling from a ladder or slipping on a wet floor. Often the result of work accidents or repetitive tasks, broken bones are serious, painful, and debilitating work injuries. Workers in almost any industry may become involved in an accident resulting in a fracture injury. A work accident such as traffic accidents, impacts with equipment, or a slip-and-fall accident may cause a fractured bone. Construction workers, retail workers, employees in the manufacturing industry, and delivery drivers are among the employees who commonly make workers’ compensation claims for fractures in Illinois.

Broken bones are typically diagnosed by a radiologist who takes x-ray images of the injury. There are several treatment methods for broken bones. Broken bones may take weeks or months to heal. They often prevent injured workers from working until healing is substantially complete. While most fractures heal, some broken bones result in lasting pain or cause other complications that lead to a permanent impairment.

Common types of fractures include:

– Open, compound fracture: The skin may be pierced by the bone.
– Transverse fracture: This type of fracture has a horizontal fracture line.
– Stable fracture: The broken ends of the bone line up and are barely out of place.
– Comminuted fracture: In this type of fracture, the bone shatters into three or more pieces.

Work-related accidents that commonly result in broken bones include the following:

– Slip and fall
– Vehicle accidents
– Repetitive motion
– Being struck by falling objects
– Having limbs caught in machinery

Dealing with the aftermath of bone fractures and breaks in the workplace can be physically and emotionally challenging. For immediate help with a work injury case, call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online. Keep in mind that the insurance companies will try to pay you as little as possible. We will work hard to protect your right to the maximum compensation available.