Dealing with a workplace injury can be painful, stressful, and expensive. They also happen all the time. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) statistics convey that there were 2.7 million injury and illness cases in 2020 alone.
Here are some of the most common workplace injuries, how they occur, and how you can receive workers’ compensation if you experience an accident in your workplace.
Falls, Slips, and Trips
Accidents like falls, slips, and trips are some of the most common causes of injuries sustained on the job and claims filed for workers' compensation.
A slip is when a person loses traction on a surface and falls. A trip occurs when a person's foot catches on an object and falls. Finally, falls can cause serious injuries such as broken bones or concussions, as well as back pain if you fall in a way that injures your spine.
Burns are a common workplace injury, as they can result from several different hazards. Burns can range from minor burns to serious third-degree burns.
The most common cause of burns in the workplace is exposure to hot surfaces, but chemicals, electrical equipment, and welding can also cause burns.
Electrical hazards are a significant cause of workers' compensation claims. Electrical accidents can occur in the workplace when workers are installing or repairing electrical equipment or wiring.
They may also develop when employees use electrically generating tools, such as grinders or welders. Unexpected failure or electrical equipment malfunction might result in shock dangers or short circuits.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Motor vehicle accidents are also among the most common workplace injuries, and workers' compensation is vital to ensuring that injured employees receive proper treatment and compensation for their injuries.
Accidents involving motor vehicles account for most of the costs associated with workers' compensation claims for lost time in 2018, costing an average of $81,971 per claim in 2018 and 2019.
Many different types of workplace accidents can occur on your job. Knowing your rights if you’ve suffered from a workplace injury is important. The Frickey Law Firm can assist you if you have been hurt in a workplace accident and have questions about your next steps.
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