Any one—in any industry—is at risk of suffering a broken bone in a work-related accident. A slip and fall accident, a fall from a ladder, or a car accident, for example, could all result in broken bone injuries. If you broke a bone in any of these ways, or in any other way while performing a work-related task, then the cost of your recovery should not come from your own bank account. Instead, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation in Iowa.
Broken bones can cause you to incur significant medical expenses and lost time from work. Accordingly, if you have suffered a broken bone at work then you should speak with an attorney to find out more about your legal options.
What to Do If You’ve Broken a Bone at Work
As with other types of personal injury claims, there are time limits for taking action in a workers’ compensation claim. You should report your accident to your employer as soon as possible, and certainly within 90 days of your accident.
Once you have reported your injury, your employer should provide you with an approved medical provider who can treat your specific injury. You should keep all of your appointments with this provider and get the appropriate medical care that you need to treat your broken bone injury. This may include, but is not limited to:
- Pain medications.
- Physical therapy.
You should not return to work until you have medical clearance to do so.
What You May Recover in an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Claim
As with any type of work-related injury, your recovery will depend on the specific injury that you suffered. All of your medical costs should be paid directly to the medical provider(s). Additionally, you may recover a portion of your lost income. The amount that you might recover depends on whether your injury is classified as permanent or temporary and as total or partial.
While the law is clear about your rights and about what you might recover, the insurance company responsible for paying your losses may be unwilling to provide you with fair compensation or your injuries. Accordingly, it is important to work with an experienced Iowa workers’ compensation lawyer who will fight for your fair and just recovery. To learn more, please contact us today via this website or by phone to schedule a free, confidential consultation.