When you think of a workplace injury, you might automatically assume that most work-related injuries occur in physically laborious industries, such as construction. However, this is not necessarily the case. While some of the most life-threatening workplace injuries can occur as a result of heavy machinery or something similar, there are more common workplace injuries to be aware of across all industries here in Florida.
We put together a list of the three most common types of workplace injuries for you to be informed about, whether you work in an office or a factory with robust machinery, we hope you find this information helpful.
1. Slip and Fall
A slip and fall accident can occur just about anywhere. It can be caused by tripping over a flooring malfunction or an object that is out of place. You could slip on water or another substance, either inside or on the sidewalk at your place of employment. There are many causes that can lead you to fall on the job that could result in fairly serious injuries.
According to the National Floor Safety Institute, “Slips and falls do not constitute a primary cause of fatal occupational injuries, but represent the primary cause of lost days from work.” This means that, while slip and falls are rarely fatal, that is the leading cause of lost work and lost wages as a result.
2. Repetitive Motion and Overexertion
Our bodies are quite fragile and some jobs can cause us to use repetitive motions that might not seem dangerous at first glance, but after extended use can cause injuries. Rotator cuff, carpal tunnel, and persistent back pain can be a result of repetitive strain injuries on the job.
Repetitive Strain Injuries can cause individuals to seek additional medical care and time off work to seek treatment. The ADA notes that these types of injuries are not always permanent, however, treatment is likely needed for recovery.
3. Car Accidents
We cover car accidents extensively on our blog, however, there are additional factors that come into play when a car accident happens in a company vehicle or while on the job.
Of the injuries on this list, car accidents do have the ability to cause the most damage to anyone involved. Consider that, on the roads, you not only have yourself to worry about but also other drivers. Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries, from traumatic brain injuries to broken bones, you could find yourself out of work for some time. A car accident could even cause you to become disabled and permanently reduce your earning capacity.
It’s important that no matter how minor or severe your workplace injury, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. There are many nuances that go into seeking compensation for work-related injuries. Have a skilled and experienced attorney on your side.
Contact us today if you have any questions or would like to discuss your workplace injury case and your options moving forward.