It is unfortunately very common for employees to sustain injuries while on the job. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million work related injuries at work reported among private employers in 2018 that required workers compensation or the involvement of a lawyer.
The industries that reported the most work related injuries or illnesses in 2018 were nursing homes, non-veterinary pet care services, veterinary services, and steel foundries. Here are some of the most commonly reported work-related injuries among all private employers.
Slipping, tripping, and falling down are all commonly seen workplace injuries. In fact, this category makes up a third of all work-related injuries. This category encompasses anything from falling off of a ladder at a construction site and breaking your back, to tripping on something in the office and spraining your ankle.
Broken bones, back and neck injuries, head injuries, sprains, and pulled muscles can all result from slips, trips, and falls. The industries that report the most slips, trips, and falls are warehouses, transportation, and agriculture. These kinds of injuries can be prevented by requiring employees to wear appropriate footwear, promptly cleaning up any spills or clutter in the workplace, and fixing uneven floors or hazardous stairs.
This category includes injuries sustained from repetitive motion or excess physical strain. Lifting heavy boxes or pushing and pulling large objects would count as overexertion, as would developing carpal tunnel syndrome in your hand or wrist from repetitive movements such as using a computer mouse.
These kinds of injuries may not seem as severe as suffering a fall that results in broken bones, but repetitive stress injuries can cause debilitating pain and seriously impair your ability to do your job. Warehouse workers and those in the transportation industry are most at risk for overexertion injuries.
These injuries can be prevented by implementing ergonomic equipment and furniture in the workplace, making sure employees take adequate breaks, and using proper technique when lifting heavy objects.
Equipment-related workplace injuries include being struck with a moving object; getting a body part stuck, squeezed, or compressed in a piece of machinery; being crushed in a collapsing structure; and many other injuries. Lacerations and puncture wounds also fall in this category.
The industries that most frequently report equipment-related injuries are construction, transportation, agriculture, and warehousing. The best way to prevent injuries in this category is by making sure that employees are properly trained to operate equipment. Workers who operate heavy machinery should always wear protective clothing and eye-wear as well.
Calling a Lawyer if You Are Injured at Work
If you were injured on the job, your first priority should be getting the appropriate medical attention. Do not try to push through your injuries because you’re afraid of losing your job – it is illegal for your employer to fire you just because you suffered an injury at work. They are also not allowed to retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
You should contact a qualified work injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can help you file a workers’ compensation claim or even a lawsuit if your injury was the result of someone else’s negligence. Above all workers’ compensation insurance is designed to reimburse your medical expenses and any wages you may have lost from missing work.
If your employer or workers’ compensation insurance company denies your claim for benefits, a work injury lawyer can help get you the compensation you deserve. Furthermore a work injury attorney can also help you file a lawsuit against your employer if they attempt to fire you out of retaliation for getting injured or filing a workers’ compensation claim.