Nevada Workers Comp Attorney for Broken Bones at Work
Sometimes in a personal injury case, you are tasked with the burden of proving the severity of your injuries. Broken bones offer concrete evidence of an injury via x-rays, whereas a soft tissue injury is more difficult to prove.
Who Might Suffer Broken Bones at Work?
Construction sites can be one place you might find a worker who suffered broken bones on the job, but there are many more. Restaurant workers slip and fall on wet floors, hotel employees trip over luggage, and scaffolding can give way at any time. The fact is, people suffer broken bones at work every day in Nevada.
Classifications of Broken Bones
Broken bones are classified one of three ways: a hairline fracture, a simple fracture, or a compound fracture. Fracture is just a medical term for broken. A clean, partial break of a bone would be a hairline fracture. Simple fractures involve a cracked bone that does not protrude out of the skin. The most serious is a compound fracture, which involves the broken bone protruding out of the skin. Because the bone is exposed and the skin is broken, compound fractures are highly susceptible to infection.
Workers Compensation Claims further break down this classification for the purposes of quantifying the injury. The expanded classifications of broken bones is as follows:
- Hairline Fracture – As mentioned before, a cracked bone (not a full break)
- Simple Fracture – May be a complete fracture (separated fragments) or an incomplete fracture (fragments are still together)
- Displaced Fracture – Involves fragments of bone being misaligned
- Compound Fracture – A broken bone that protrudes from the skin
- Comminuted Fracture – Bone that is shattered in many pieces
- Stress Fracture – Rather than a single impact causing the break, the bone gives way after repeated stress
Fractured Arm, Leg, Ribs, or Crushed Fingers, Toes
Unfortunately, serious and catastrophic accidents do occur. Fingers can be crushed by heavy machinery, or a forklift wheel could crush the metatarsal bones of the foot. Losing use of your fingers, hands or feet can be debilitating and may require some time away from work to heal properly. Lost wages are a real concern in this situation.