Types of Workers Compensation Injuries
You might think that because you don’t work with heavy machinery or sharp objects, you’re in the clear when it comes to getting hurt at work. But in fact, 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries took place in the United States in 2017 alone, and they happened everywhere from construction sites to office buildings.
The good news is, workers’ compensation is designed to help you recover compensation if you suffer an injury on the job. Here we break down the most common types of injuries that result in workers’ compensation claims.
What Are Some Common Workplace Injuries?
Workers get hurt on the job in a variety of ways, including:
- Repetitive Motion: In a wide range of professions, workers are expected to perform the same physical tasks over and over. As a result, employees such as factory workers, coders, graphic designers, and data entry specialists suffer injuries ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to tendonitis.
- Hearing Loss: Employees who work in noisy environments such as manufacturing plants and construction sites often suffer hearing loss over time.
- Slip-and-Falls: Typically, slip-and-fall claims are the result of an employee losing traction on a wet floor or icy walkway. Groundskeepers, security workers, and store clerks are often victims in these accidents.
- Muscle Strains: Anyone who regularly lifts items at work is susceptible to strains, particularly in the back and neck.
- Falling Objects: Many workers find themselves on the receiving end of falling objects. This not only occurs in warehouse environments but also in offices when objects drop from shelves or out of cupboards.
- Inhaling Toxic Fumes: Employees who work with chemicals are at risk for lung, skin, and eye reactions when working without adequate protection.
- Collisions: Whether it’s a car, forklift, or another type of vehicle, collisions can have serious and lasting consequences.
Is the Injury Work-Related?
Whether your injury is the result of a sudden impact or cumulative trauma, it’s imperative that you demonstrate that it was connected to work. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an illness or injury is considered work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment caused or contributed to it.
Contact a Workplace Accident Attorney
The guidelines for workers’ compensation coverage can be difficult to understand. They also differ from one state to the next. If you have suffered a work-related injury, a Morgan & Morgan workers’ compensation attorney can analyze your case and help you secure the benefits you deserve. Schedule a free legal case evaluation now to get started.