Cuts, Lacerations & Fractures

The Massachusetts work injury attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates have a 20-year track record of success recovering compensation for job-related injuries. Our dedicated legal team works around-the-clock to provide the best legal representation for you. Located in Boston, we are proud to serve Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth, Merrimack River, and other areas of Massachusetts.

Cuts and Lacerations

A cut can refer to a superficial or deeper wound of the skin. The skin and connective tissue separate, releasing blood. Whereas sharp objects tend to cut skin, blunt trauma is more likely to cause a laceration. Lacerations describe cuts with more jagged edges. Both wounds occur every day at various workplaces for a variety of reasons, including incidents involving:

  • Dog bites
  • Slip-and-fall
  • Paper, staples
  • Nails and glass
  • Scissors, needles
  • Loose wire, pins
  • Vehicle collisions
  • Knives, razor blades
  • Open filing cabinets
  • Wood shards, splinters

From the most mundane office activity to high-risk assembly, cuts and lacerations are expected in the workplace. Accidents using a cutting board, jammed machinery, and moving blades are part of everyday life. But when cuts and lacerations are severe enough to keep an employee out of work for days, workers’ compensation benefits may be necessary.

Workplace Fractures

Fractures may occur in bone or cartilage as a result of trauma. Fractures affecting tendons and ligaments are known as avulsion fractures. Stress, compression, and compound fractures are all common in adult workers from overexertion. Job-related fractures may be caused by a variety of acute or chronic stressors that weaken and break the bone, including:

  • Turned ankles
  • Heavy lifting
  • Buckling knees
  • Falling objects
  • Crushing injuries
  • Traffic accidents
  • Tripping on stairway
  • Falling from ladders or scaffolding
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome

Work-related tasks using lawn mowers, snow blowers, and simple hand tools are frequent sources of fractures. In any workplace, sudden loss of balance or everyday “wear and tear” on the body can cause lasting injury. Because fractures generally affect the part of the body we need most to carry out our work, they often mean the loss of gainful employment while healing.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Massachusetts law provides a “no fault” insurance policy for workers injured on the job. Workers’ compensation benefits are cash payments reflecting a calculated fraction of the employee’s weekly wage. Employers and their insurers must compensate injured workers for a variety of out-of-pocket expenses including:

  • Lost income
  • Medical costs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Surgery, sutures
  • Mileage, parking
  • Prescription drugs
  • Permanent scarring
  • Temporary disability

Cuts, lacerations, and fractures that keep employees from returning to work are compensable if caused by a job-related incident. If complications such as infections or damage to nearby blood vessels further prevent work at the same or similar position, workers’ compensation benefits provide retraining. Exacerbated injuries caused by workplace accidents are likewise compensable.

Recovering Workers’ Compensation

If your cut, laceration, or fracture is a job-related injury, the Massachusetts workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates can help. For over 20 years, we have successfully recovered compensation for injured and disabled workers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and recovering the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 367-0871 for a free consultation or contact us online.