Nearly every work environment has the potential to cause injury. Here are the most common injuries that resulted in workers compensation claims and how you can get legal support after being hurt at work.
Strains and Sprains
According to a Travelers Insurance Injury Impact Report discussed in Safety + Health Magazine, 30% of all workers’ comp injuries that resulted in a claim were strains or sprains.
A strain occurs when a muscle or tendon is overstretched or torn, while a sprain involves an injury to the ligaments, or the bands of flexible tissue that hold bones together. A strain or sprain can result in a worker being unable to perform tasks without severe pain and may require surgery to repair.
Punctures or Cuts
The same report noted that 19% of workers’ comp injuries that resulted in a claim were cuts or puncture wounds. Punctures and cuts often occur in factory or warehouse settings, but can occur in retail, grocery, hospitality, medical, and many other settings.
Punctures that occur in medical settings, such as accidental needle sticks, pose additional hazards. This includes the risk of contracting bloodborne illnesses like Hepatitis C and HIV. If a worker is infected with such an illenss on the job, their employer may be responsible for a lifetime of medical expenses.
Contusions were responsible for 12% of workers’ comp injury claims. A contusion is the medical term for a bruise, however, contusions that result in workers’ compensation claims are severe and require medical intervention.
These types of contusions are likely to be deep bruising on the bones, muscles, or internal organs that may even be life-threatening.
Inflammation was noted as the cause of injury in 5% of the claims in the Travelers Insurance study. Workers’ comp claims for inflammation are often the result of repetitive motion injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain.
Fractures were also noted as the cause of injury in 5% of cases in the study. A fracture is a small break or fissure in the bone that does not result in the bone being broken into two pieces. Fractures in work settings are commonly caused by falls, impact injuries, and commercial vehicle accidents.
Hurt on the Job? Contact a Workers’ Comp Attorney Today
If you were hurt at work, you may be eligible for financial and medical benefits under your company’s workers’ compensation insurance. Contact experienced Florida workers’ compensation lawyer Marshall Adler today for your initial consultation by calling 407-648-5523.