Workplace injuries can take many forms. A recent study by findlaw.com reveals that as many as one in five adults say that they have been injured on the job.
According to the study, the most common workplace injuries include:
- Musculoskeletal injuries. More than 37 percent of workers reported sustaining musculoskeletal injuries. Musculoskeletal disorders often result from overexertion, lifting heavy objects, typing, and other day-to-day job-related tasks.
- Slip-and-fall injuries. 31 percent of those responding to the survey said they suffered slip-and-fall injuries related to their employment. Whether it was your fault or not, if you take a spill at work and get hurt, be sure to report the injury – it could be covered by workers’ compensation.
- Repetitive motion injuries. The use of computers, mobile phones, and other workplace equipment has the potential to cause a repetitive motion injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome. 20 percent of those surveyed reported suffering work-related injuries caused by repetitive motion. These injuries are often covered by workers’ compensation.
- Injured by machinery or struck by object. Around 17 percent of surveyed individuals reported injuries related to potentially dangerous office equipment, machinery, and objects. Employees who suffer injuries from defective items can look into workers’ compensation as well as product liability claims against the manufacturer.
- Motor vehicle accidents. 12 percent of surveyed workers reported suffering on-the-job injuries related to car accidents. Even if you were in your own car, you may receive workers’ compensation for injuries that you suffered while on the clock or in the scope of employment.
- Workplace violence. According to the survey’s results, five percent of the people surveyed suffered injuries from workplace violence, like a physical assault from a co-worker.
- Burns. About 3 percent of surveyed workers sustained heat or chemical burns at work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), several types of burns may occur at work, including thermal burns, electrical burns, and chemical burns. Employers are required to follow workplace safety rules set forth by OSHA and provide protective equipment, if necessary. A burn sustained from a coffee pot or hot liquid might also be covered under workers’ compensation.
While these are some of the most commonly occurring workplace injuries, this certainly is not an exhaustive list. If you have sustained any of these or a different injury at work, please contact us today.