While everyone has their own unique form of employment, every workplace has a few things in common. One of those things must be that they are relatively safe. Nobody deserves to have to put themselves at risk of injury or even death just to draw a paycheck. There are specific laws to protect people from that kind of reality. However, despite laws that mandate certain safeguards be put in place, countless people will end up injured while on the clock every year. If this happens to you, be sure to contact an attorney ASAP. These are what some of those injuries may look like.
A lot of times, workers can seek compensation despite the fact that they weren’t injured from any large piece of equipment or in a dramatic accident. Actually, one of the most common reasons for a workers’ compensation claim is simply that they overexerted themselves.
These types of injuries generally happen to workers who require a great deal of physicality every day. They may constantly be pushing, pulling, lifting, carrying, holding or throwing large amounts of weight throughout the day. Over enough time, this can catch up to someone, especially if they’re pushing themselves too hard.
Aside from being as common as they are, overexertion injuries also pay out well too. In 2008, $3.4 million was handed out to workers in the form of benefits according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index.
Slips and Trips
Here’s another very common form of workplace injury that lacks any real dramatics. When you think about it though, it’s not hard to see why these accidents would happen so often. Any time a worker walks over a slippery surface, they could easily take a spill. Many work environments include floors that are covered in an assortment of wires, cables, tools and more. Something could spill and the next moment an employee is on the ground injured. It’s a wonder more people don’t trip and hurt themselves.
Falls from Heights
A lot of workplaces involve scaffolding, ladders and other reasons to get high up off the ground. This also puts those employees at risk. If slipping and falling on the floor can land someone with a serious injury, imagine what can occur when they’re a couple of floors up.
Keep in mind that you don’t actually have to fall in order to get injured because of slipping or tripping. Many workers will hurt themselves simply by reacting to such an incident. In an effort to regain their balance, for example, they could accidentally slip a disc or break an ankle. Muscle injuries are especially common as a result of a reaction gone wrong.
Whether it’s building a new home, working in a warehouse or manning a loading dock, there are all kinds of things that can happen that would end in a heavy object landing on your head.
While everyone deserves a safe working environment, it’s also essential you follow workplace guidelines to keep yourself safe. As long as you do as much, a qualified attorney should be able to collect damages for you.