Broken Limbs at Work Compensation Claims
Broken limbs are not uncommon when injury-causing accidents occur in the workplace, but that doesn’t make them any more pleasant. On the contrary, a broken bone can be very painful, take a long time to heal, and limit your ability to work or carry out basic day-to-day activities until the healing process is complete. Whilst any bone in the body can be broken, breakage of bones in the arms and legs is most common.
In any workplace, the company is under a legal obligation to keep workers safe. If you have suffered a broken arm or leg at work because your employer has not carried out this duty properly, then you may be able to claim financial compensation for your accident.
Broken Limbs and Workplace Accidents
There are several kinds of workplace accident that can lead to a broken limb. One of the most common – and one that can happen in any workplace – is falling over as a result of a trip hazard or slippery floor that has not benefited from the proper safety precautions. Most commonly a fall in the workplace will result in a broken arm, as when people fall they instinctively reach out when they trip over. However, legs can also be broken in this way, particularly if falling from a height.
In some workplaces, accidents that involve machinery or vehicles may also occur. Once again, this can result in broken limbs. Receiving a powerful impact from a machine or vehicle or getting a limb caught between moving parts can have enough force to break bones.
Types of Broken Bone Injuries
Contrary to popular belief, a broken bone and a fracture are not two different things. While some people believe that a fracture is a more minor breakage, any form of broken bone is medically referred to as a fracture. All the same, there are many different kinds of breakage.
The two most familiar kinds to most people include a hairline crack in the bone, or a bone that has snapped altogether in one or more places. If a bone has been thoroughly crushed or shattered, this is referred to as a comminuted fracture, and involves more pain, greater amounts of medical intervention, and longer recovery times. Other types of broken bone carry added complications such as an avulsion fracture, where a small piece of bone has become detached, a compound fracture, which is the result of a wound or where the bone has caused a wound by breaking through the skin, and a complicated fracture, where there is also injury to important surrounding body parts such as blood vessels.
Consequences of Broken Bone
Breakages to the bones of a limb can be among the most painful types of injury, at least in the initial stages. As far as medical treatment goes, the majority will require as a minimum that the fractured limb be set in plaster or otherwise immobilised for much of the time it takes to heal. When a leg has been broken in an accident at work, this limits mobility significantly. If an arm has suffered a fracture, your ability to carry out everyday tasks will be hampered as you will have largely or entirely lost the use of that arm. When the plaster is taken off, you will still most likely be required to minimise stress on the limb for some time.
Whether your arm or leg has been broken, you will most likely require time off work at least initially. Depending on your job, the broken limb and the limitations it places on you may keep you from doing your work until you have mostly or fully recovered, and this can take 6-8 weeks for even a minor fracture.
The Law and Workplace Injuries
Besides the suffering involved with breaking a limb, the inability to work can leave you with financial worries. However, if your workplace injury was not your fault but the result of your employer being negligent in their legal duty to provide a safe workplace, you may be able to claim compensation.
CompensationClaims.co specialises in claiming compensation for accidents in the workplace. Our team of legal experts will help keep the process simple and reduce the stress involved with claiming while working on a no win no fee basis. For more information or to begin your claim, call us on 0161 447 9193.