Unfortunately, far too many injuries that happen in the workplace jeopardize an employee’s ability not just to continue working but to go about their life as normal. Some of these injuries are far too common and are completely preventable. If you or someone you know has recently been injured on the job, you need to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. One of the most common types of injuries on the job is a repetitive motion injury. Repetitive motions like using the computer around the clock, or typing constantly can lead to repetitive motion injuries. Strained muscles, back pain, vision problems and carpal tunnel syndromes are indications of a potential repetitive motion injury.
Another common type of on the job injury and one that can typically be prevented is machine entanglement. Where heavy machinery and equipment are used in the workplace, hair, fingers, clothing and shoes can become tangled in these and can lead to serious injuries. Another kind of common injury has to do with falling. Whether it’s a falling object or an employee falling from a ladder, roof or stairway, these can lead to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, fractures, broken bones and more. One of the most common injuries in workplaces across America is an over exertion injury which includes all injuries related to pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, throwing, or holding activities at work. It is always consistently number one workplace injury and it can also be the most expensive for employers as well.
Proper safety equipment, diligence, and training are some of the key components that can help to minimize the chances of a serious workplace injury. When you have been injured in an accident, it is important to report the incident to your employer as soon as possible. Then you need to consult with an experienced lawyer about the next step going forward so that you can be protected as you file a workers’ compensation claim. Many people who are injured on the job do not realize the full scope of their rights as well as the responsibilities they maintain. Consulting with a lawyer can help you navigate the legal system and have clarity regardless of the type of injury you sustained.