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What causes most workplace injuries

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Workplace injuries range from minor to severe. However, even minor injuries can lead to major medical expenses, especially if a victim is unable to work while they recover. It may not seem like a big deal to break a finger, but it is if you spend the day typing reports.

It is not uncommon for us to see the following injuries as a result of workplace incidents:

  • Broken and dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

For the serious injuries on that list, the medical costs can be tremendous, but they are only part of the overall costs. There are many hidden costs due to workplace injuries that many people do not consider. This can include lost wages and benefits if the victim cannot work, the costs of any necessary medical devices or medications, emotional and psychological damage, and more.

We know that there were around 2.8 million workplace injuries or illnesses reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. According to the annual Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, we know the top ten causes of the most serious workplace injuries. This includes:

  1. Overexertion
  2. Falls on the same level
  3. Struck by an object or equipment
  4. Falls to a lower level
  5. Other exertions or bodily reactions
  6. Roadway incidents involving vehicles
  7. Slip or trip without falling
  8. Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects
  9. Repetitive motions involving microtasks
  10. Struck against object or equipment

Nearly all workplace incidents that cause injuries are preventable. Employers have a responsibility to ensure that each worker has the equipment necessary to perform their jobs safely. They must also ensure they are providing proper training.

What Happens Now?

Workplace injuries are a reality. As hard as we work to prevent them, there will be times when workers need to count on being treated fairly in the aftermath of an accident. For over 40 years, we have fought to ensure our clients recieve the compensation amd justice they deserve.  In a workplace injury case, that can mean;

  • Coverage of medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against those responsible
If you or a loved are injured at work, call our offices for a no cost review of your matter.