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No one leaves for work in the morning expecting to get hurt. Unfortunately, many employees will experience a job-related injury at least once in their career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private industry companies reported about 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015.
From construction sites, to hospital rooms, to restaurant kitchens, to office buildings, the workplace is full of occupational hazards. Even the most cautious employee can be the victim of a slip and fall accident or get struck by an object and suffer a serious injury. While accidents can happen to anyone at any time, knowing what the most common workers’ compensation claims are can help you avoid them.
Five Most Common Workers’ Compensation Claims
1. Slips, trips, and falls
These injuries accounted for 16 percent of total workers’ compensation claims from 2010 to 2014, according to Travelers Companies, Inc. Slips and falls can occur in nearly any workplace environment, and they’re often caused by slippery or wet floors. Trips are frequently due to hazards in walkways and loose flooring.
2. Repetitive stress injuries
Some workplace injuries develop over time. Repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis, and are the result of performing the same motion over and over again. These traumas accounted for 4 percent of total workers’ compensation claims between 2010 and 2014.
3. Struck by an object
A worker can be struck or collide with an object on many different jobsites, from office buildings to construction sites. An item can fall off a shelf or scaffolding and cause a fracture, spinal cord injury, or even death. According to OSHA, being struck by an object is the second highest cause of construction-related fatalities.
4. Material handling
Manual handling of materials account for 32 percent of workers’ compensation claims, making it the most common cause of injury on the job. Excessive materials handling exposes workers to risk factors like unnecessary lifting, awkward postures, and repetitive motions that can lead to back injuries.
5. Accidents involving machinery and tools
An injury resulting from working with machinery and tools is the final most common workers’ compensation claim according to Travelers Companies, Inc. These injuries most often take place in factories and on construction sites, where heavy machinery can crush or mutilate a worker. Accidents involving tools can result in cuts, punctures, bruises, and fractures.
Have you been hurt on the job? A workers’ compensation lawyer can help
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. At the Law Office of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, we consider it our duty and privilege to help injured employees navigate the complex workers’ compensation system and collect the benefits they need to recover – both physically and financially.
After a job-related accident, the very first thing you should do is report your injury to your supervisor and get emergency treatment if you need it. Then, give us a call. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys can help you submit the proper forms on time and fight for your rights on your behalf. The road to recovery after a workplace accident can be a long one, but you don’t have to do it alone. Contact us today by giving us a call at (619) 528-9800 to schedule your free consultation.