While workplace injuries occur in many different ways and with many different
consequences, certain types of injuries occur more frequently than others.
If you have sustained any of these common types of injuries, it’s
strongly advised that you review your case with a Woodstock worker’s
compensation lawyer, as you may be entitled to financial relief and benefits
while you are injured and out of work or have your working capacity reduced.
The 10 Most Common Workplace Injuries in the United States
10. On the Job Violence – Everyone’s job is stressful sometimes, but it’s not
often that the stress boils over to the point where someone starts throwing
punches or assaulting a co-worker. Proper training and employee diligence
can reduce these occurrences and keep them out of your workplace.
9. Repetitive Motion – Even small, simple motions done over and over again thousands
of times can lead to serious injuries that take a long time to recover
from. This is perhaps the most common type of injury in positions that
require constant computer use or typing for hours at a time each day.
8. Machine Entanglement – Heavy machinery moving quickly can cause a lot of damage in the
blink of an eye should an accident happen. Even the slightest safety concerns,
such as wearing loose clothing or having long hair, can cause a major
injury. This happens more frequently than you might think.
7. Vehicle Accidents – Many employees must drive for business purposes, whether you’re
a taxi driver, big-rig operator, shuttle driver, and more.
6. Walking Injuries – Walking itself isn’t necessarily dangerous… so long
as you’re paying attention. Many busy workers are distracted while
in motion, whether they’re checking their phone, reading a report,
or any other action. As a result, thousands of people accidentally walk
into things like doors, walls, tables, and more and injure themselves.
5. Falling Objects – Objects fall all the time, whether they’re dropped from
a shelf or by another person. Falling objects are also one of the leading
causes of head injuries, which are often extremely serious. Whenever you
have people working with objects at height, it’s critical to make
sure these objects are secure and that everyone wears proper safety equipment.
4. Reaction Injuries – Have you ever slipped on ice while walking? The sudden scramble
to catch yourself may prevent you from hitting the ground, but can also
cause other injuries such as pulled muscles, twisted ankles, or even tendon
injuries. A small, uncleaned spill on a smooth floor can easily cause
one of these extremely common injuries.
3. Falling from Height – Falling down is painful enough, but falling down with added height
can only increase the chances of an injury, as well as its severity. Employees
falling off boxes, stools, ladders, roofs, scaffolding, lifts, and more
happens nearly every day, making these injuries extremely common.
2. Slipping/Tripping – Whether it’s an extension cord on the ground, a small spill
on a clean floor, or ice on a sidewalk outside, slip or trip and fall
injuries happen constantly. Your employer has the responsibility to remove
these hazards to the best of their ability, but these are still one of
the leading injury types despite best efforts.
1. Overexertion – Overexertion injuries most often stem from trying to work too
hard or do too much too quickly. The most common overexertion issue involves
trying to lift something that’s too heavy without the property training,
support or tools, leading to pulled or torn muscles, back injuries, and more.
If you have been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to benefits
through the Georgia worker’s compensation system. At
Warlick & Craig, P.C., we understand the difficulties you face when you are injured on the job,
and we work hard to help you obtain benefits you are entitled to. We have
successfully recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, and
we’re motivated by your success.
Injured on the job? Don’t wait! Get a
free consultation by calling Warlick & Craig, P.C. today at (678) 321-4088 to review
your legal options.