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Bone Fracture Injuries At Work


Bone fractures — or simply fractures or broken bones — can result from any serious injury at a person’s workplace. You do not need to work in a hazardous industry to suffer a broken bone injury. At the same time, industries with known hazards, such as the construction industry or the trucking industry, do pose injury risks to workers that could lead to bone fractures. To be clear, bone fractures can happen anywhere in an accident, from a slip and fall accident or a fall from heights to a crush injury that occurs in a motor vehicle collision or in a machinery accident. When a bone break happens in an accident at work, you could be eligible to seek financial compensation and coverage for your medical bills by filing a workers’ compensation claim. Our experienced West Palm Beach workers’ compensation attorneys can provide you with more information.

Types of Bone Fracture Injuries Workers Can Sustain 

There are many different types of bone fractures. The type of bone fracture a person suffers and the severity of the injury will depend on a wide range of factors, including how and where the accident happened that caused the broken bone injury. The following are all types of bone fractures that a person could suffer on the job, according to Medical News Today:

  • Avulsion fracture (break caused by a muscle or ligament pulling on the bone);
  • Comminuted fracture (where the bone shatters into multiple pieces);
  • Compression fracture (also known as a crush fracture, which happens in the “spongy bone in the spine”);
  • Fracture dislocation (which results from a joint dislocation causing a bone to break);
  • Greenstick fracture (where a bone partially breaks but not completely);
  • Hairline fracture (which is a partial fracture that is thin);
  • Impacted fracture (where the bone break also impacts another bone);
  • Intra-articular fracture (where the fracture affects the surface of the person’s joint);
  • Longitudinal fracture (where the fracture extends the length of the person’s bone);
  • Oblique fracture (when the break happens opposite to the long axis of the bone);
  • Pathological fracture (caused by an underlying condition weakening the bone);
  • Spiral fracture (when the bone also twists when it breaks);
  • Stress fracture (caused by repeated stress); and
  • Transverse fracture (where the break occurs in a straight way across the bone).

Common Workplace Accidents and Jobs That Cause Broken Bone Injuries 

What types of workplace accidents most commonly cause broken bone injuries? The following are just some examples of accident types that frequently result in bone fractures:

  • Slips and falls;
  • Trips and falls;
  • Falls from heights;
  • Falls to a lower level;
  • Motor vehicle crashes;
  • Machinery accidents; and
  • Struck-by accidents.

These injuries can happen at nearly any type of workplace and in a wide range of industries, such as:

  • Construction work;
  • Health care jobs;
  • Retail work;
  • Restaurant work;
  • Trucking;
  • Delivery driving;
  • Office or administrative work; and
  • Teaching.

In short, nearly anyone can slip or trip at work and break a bone, or may be involved in another type of accident that results in a fracture.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in West Palm Beach 

Do you have any questions or concerns about workers’ compensation coverage following an accident that resulted in a broken bone injury? One of the experienced and compassionate West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. can speak with you today and can provide you with more information. Bone fractures can be serious and debilitating, and we want to help ensure that you receive the benefits you need.


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