Q: Can I expect a complete recovery after I fractured my clavicle on the job?
You had a nasty fall on a construction site, but you thought once your collarbone healed, it would be the end of your problems. After all, you endured surgery, a sling, physical therapy, and what seemed like an endless number of doctors’ appointments.
Now, a year later, you’re still experiencing problems associated with the fracture. The doctors at St. Luke’s told you this can happen with clavicle breaks, which means you may have to put up with pain and limited mobility for the rest of your life.
Problems You May Face Years After a Broken Collarbone
Even after your collarbone heals, you may experience these inconveniences:
- Pain in the clavicle area
- Weakness in the affected arm
- Shortening of the affected collarbone
- Decreased range of motion in the shoulder and arm on the side where the fracture took place
- Loss of flexion in the arm
- An unattractive bump where the fracture took place.
What These Side Effects Could Mean for You
Along with having to put up with continued discomfort, you may also have to deal with additional medical treatment to relieve the symptoms. More x-rays, doctors’ appointments, physical therapy, slings, and medication can add up quickly. It is also possible that the work you are able to do will be limited by the permanent effects. Are you prepared to pay this price when the accident wasn’t your fault?
Don’t Let Your Employer Get Away With It
Those who are injured on the job are often entitled to receive workers’ compensation. These benefits can help you pay for medical treatments and make ends meet while you are unable to work because of the injury.
If your boss isn’t cooperating with you or if you’ve already been denied workers’ comp, attorney Steve Lee may be able to help. Contact our office by completing this online form or by calling 800-232-3711 to schedule your free consultation. Our legal team has helped many in the Houston area get the benefits they needed, and may be able to do the same for you.