Most employers do everything they can to make your workplace a safe environment. From construction workers to office staff, employers have many rules in place to protect their employees. Sometimes things happen and an accident occurs. People sometimes get hurt. This is where we can help.
Most Common Workplace Injuries
You have the right to a safe work environment. When workplace accidents happen, employees may suffer catastrophic injuries due to the employer’s negligence or wrongful acts. Many injuries result from OSHA violations, and employees can benefit from the guidance of a work injury attorney when filing a claim. However, sometimes an accident happens, despite precautions.
While any type of injury can occur, some happen more frequently than others. Here are the four most common work-related injuries.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Musculoskeletal disorders contribute to loss of productivity and often debilitating pain. Repetitive Stress Injuries are a rapidly growing category of workplace hazards. As a result, U.S. companies spend more than $20 billion annually on workers’ compensation costs. Improper lifting, poor ergonomics, and carpal tunnel are common catalysts for RSIs.
Slips and Trips
- This category covers more than one-third of all personal injuries in the workplace. Hazardous conditions such as loose rugs, oily surfaces, and slick steps and walkways are often the reason slips occur. Trips are frequently caused by poor lighting, uncovered cables, uneven walking surfaces, wrinkles in mats, or carpeting. If you slipped or tripped at work, you may have broken bones, pulled, sprained, or strained muscles, or gotten cut when you fell. Damage also can happen in the back, neck, and head, depending on the unique circumstances of the event.
Hit by or Caught in Machinery
- Workers at factories, farms, and construction sites often use heavy machinery to complete their job duties. If the equipment does not have the appropriate guards or when employees lack the necessary safety training, they become a safety hazard. Broken or crushed arms and hands, severed fingers, blindness, and death can be the devastating consequence.
Fire and Explosions
- Situations that involve faulty gas lines, combustible materials improperly stored, and open flames can cause respiratory injuries, severe burns, and scarring. Depending on the severity of the injuries, disfigurement and long-term disabilities may result.
What to Do After a Work-Related Accident
After a work-related accident, it’s important that you stay calm, and follow this procedure. Once you’ve checked everyone for injuries, call 911. The police officers will document the scene and fill out an accident report. This report may help you with your claims. In order to gather full information about the accident, it’s important that you yourself document the damage done to you, your property, and the environment in which the accident took place. Photographic evidence of your injuries and the scene will be most helpful to your claim. When possible, gather relative information, and alert your employer of the accident. Most companies have a grace period of ninety days, but it’s best to let your employer know of a work-related accident as soon as possible.
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An experienced work accident lawyer can help you understand your legal options. We’re here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve after a work-related accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident, call us at (512) 650-1000 or fill out the form below to get your free case evaluation.