What can cause clavicle injuries?
Clavicle injuries are often caused by some sort of trauma. For instance, a worker can fall from a certain height on their shoulders causing a fracture or injury to the clavicle. Similarly, an object can land on an otherwise outstretched arm which causes a fractured clavicle. Most workers will immediately know that their collarbone has been fractured. Symptoms of a fracture as per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons or AAOS includes difficulty lifting the arm, pain, a grinding sound when the arm is being lifted, the formation of a bump on the broken area, swelling, and a sagging shoulder.
Generally, the fractures are treated using non-surgical means which entails wrapping the shoulder or the arm in a sling, while taking medication to relieve the associated pain. The collarbone then heals over a period of several weeks. Once the bone starts to heal the worker will require physical therapy to strengthen the arm. The sling helps the bone to rejoin correctly. However, in the event of a malunion of both ends surgery will be required.
Clavicle injuries are caused by:
- Falling on hard surfaces like from a ladder, step or roof of a building.
- A slip or a trip can also cause the collar bone to break.
- Road traffic accidents are also one of the leading causes of collarbone fractures.
Most common injuries
What Compensation can you get for Clavicle Injuries?
Clavicle injuries are covered under US Workers’ Compensation law which provides medical benefits, disability benefits and even paid physical therapy when needed for workers who are injured at work. The injury can be caused by an accident at work or because of another employee’s negligence or even the employer’s negligence. The medical benefits are available for as long as it is required to treat the injury.
Most disability checks are set at around 80% percent of the employee’s earnings each week which covers permanent, and temporary disability. Perhaps at some point, the doctor may allow for the worker to resume their duties at which point they will return but do light duty for a while. This will usually entail not lifting heavy loads.
Workers who have incurred clavicle injuries will often receive:
- 2/3rds of their lost wages.
- Their medical and therapeutic expenses will be covered by the employer.
- They may only return to work and be allowed to do the kind of work that the doctor may permit for as long as it is permitted.
How to make a successful clavicle injury claim?
Making a successful claim all hinges on making the right decisions and making them fast. That’s right as with any other workers’ compensation claim you will want to ensure that the accident which caused the injury is reported to a supervisor right away. Acting quickly to collect the required evidence to support the claim will increase a worker’s chances of getting their claim accepted.
Ideally, you will want to take the after-mentioned steps to ensure that you have the best chance of succeeding at claiming compensation for your collar bone injury:
- Make sure that all the details and the cause of the clavicle injury are recorded in your employer’s accident book or their incidence report. Usually reporting to your supervisor in writing works best.
- Get medical attention so that you have all the medical evidence to support your claim.
- Try to get a couple of witnesses to support your side of the story.
- If possible, take photographs of what caused the slip or the fall which lead to a broken or injured clavicle.
If you have not been able to do all of this just yet, then contact an attorney to help you. You should also contact an attorney if you are too injured to handle all the formalities on your own. If anything it will make recovering much easier while almost guaranteeing that you get the required compensation.
|Clavicle injury claim calculator|
|Simple fractures||$2500 to $5000|
|More serious cases where the clavicle does not heal or may lead to permanent damage||Up to $13000|
|Note: All figures mentioned are approximates. Even if they are good in one jurisdiction, they may not be appropriate in another. And the facts of your situation may make these figures inappropriate for you. They are for informational purposes only.||-|
|Who can apply for compensation?|
Anyone who has tripped and fallen at work which lead to a clavicle injury.
A person who may have been pushed when at work which lead to the injury.
If an employee has been hit or crushed by a malfunctioning machine.
If the injury to the collarbone was caused because the employer didn’t provide adequate safety equipment.