Hip Fractures and Missouri Workers’ Compensation
If you have suffered a hip fracture due to a work-related accident, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann today!
A hip fracture is considered to be a break anywhere on the pelvis, hip joint, or neck of the femur bone in the upper leg. This can be caused by any number of workplace related accidents including falls from ladders, car accidents and construction accidents. Due to the location of the fracture, this is a debilitating injury that could require extensive medical attention and time to heal.
You need to ensure that you are receiving your full workers’ compensation benefits if your hip was fractured due to a workplace accident. By law, your employer is required to pay you for any and all medical costs accrued from the injury and its treatment. In addition, you may be entitled to a percentage of your lost wages while recovering from a hip fracture. If you feel you are not getting the benefits you are entitled to, or if they have been ceased by your employer, our law office help.
What is a Hip Fracture?
A hip fracture is defined as being a break in the upper portion of your femur, or thigh bone. The hip is one of the largest joints in the body, joining the top of the femur with the pelvis, and any fracture to it is considered to be a very serious condition. Almost all incidences of hip fractures require surgery to correct and restore mobility to the leg.
What is the Cause of a Hip Fracture?
There are a number of things which can cause a hip fracture including falls to a hard surface or a blunt force trauma to the hip. Roofers, cable installers and construction workers are all susceptible to this type of injury from their occupation. If you sustain a fall and fracture your hip at work, you will likely feel an intense pain in the groin and hip area and an inability to put any weight or pressure on that leg.
What Should You do?
Report the injury immediately to your employer or supervisor and provide information about the injury – what, where, when and how it happened. Your employer or supervisor should arrange medical treatment and file the necessary reports with the Division. Prompt reporting is the key. Insure your right to benefits by a written notice of every injury, no matter how slight.
Failure to report your injury to your employer may jeopardize your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits. To assure your right to benefits for which you may be eligible, notify your employer of the injury in writing within 30 days.
What Will Workman’s Compensation Cover for a Hip Fracture?
All injuries and occupational diseases must meet the standard of work being “the prevailing factor” in causing the injury or disease and the injury must arise out of and in the course of employment. Idiopathic injuries that result from an unknown cause are not covered. Certain injuries that occur when the employee is going to and from work are excluded.
Missouri law requires most employers to carry insurance, which pays for medical treatment and lost time benefits for employees who are injured on the job. The law requires prompt payment of benefits at no cost to you if you sustain a work-related injury covered under the law.
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The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Contact our St. Louis, Missouri workers compensation law firm to ensure that your rights are protected. Please call us today at (314) 361-4300 or toll free at (888) 872-6795. You can also complete our Online Case Evaluation Form.
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