Nobody plans to get injured at work, but accidents happen.
Our workers' compensation lawyers share the top ten most reported workers' compensation injuries, and how to handle the claims process, below.
Arguments between workers and customers can lead to serious physical injuries. The best way to avoid this is by staying calm and choosing to walk away from disputes.
9. Repetitive motion
Making the same motion for a long period of time takes a toll on the body, leading to carpal tunnel and other injuries. Getting trained and using proper equipment can help you avoid this type of injury.
8. Machine accidents
Extra care and safety precautions should be taken when dealing with heavy machinery. We can’t stress enough how important it is to not operate heavy machinery when tired or starting a new medication.
7. Vehicle accidents
Employers should have safe driving policies and training programs to try to avoid these.
6. Colliding with objects
It’s not uncommon for a worker to run into an object while on the job. Employers should warn of any safety hazards and employees should be aware of their surroundings at all times.
5. Falling objects
Head injuries are a common result of falling objects. Workers should always wear protective gear, such as a hard hat, when the risk of falling items exists.
4. Reaction injuries
These are when a worker slips or trip but doesn’t fall. Muscle injuries, sprains, and various other medical issues can result.
3. Falling from heights
Falling from a ladder or another elevated surface can cause serious, and sometimes permanent, injuries. Often, faulty equipment can be at fault. Employers should provide proper training and make sure equipment is safe to work with.
2. Slips, trips, and falls
Wet floors or objects laying on the floor usually cause these injuries. Cleanup guidelines should be in place to avoid them.
This is the most common and most expensive injury. It often results from job duties related to pulling, lifting, pushing, or carrying.
I GOT HURT. WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS CAN I GET?
If you got hurt on the job, you are entitled to appropriate compensation for your injuries. This can be given to you or your family in forms such as:
- Lost wages
- Medical expense coverage
- Payments for disfigurement or scars
- Coverage for rehab programs
- Burial expense coverage
LET US FIGHT FOR YOU
Workers' compensation claims can get confusing. Let an experienced Pintas and Mullins attorney be your guide through the claims process. Our firm has over 30 years of experience in fighting for our clients' rights in the workplace.
Not sure if you have a case? Contact us today for a FREE consultation.
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