10 Most Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries

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The most common workers' compensation injuries include overexertion, slips, trips, and falls, reaction injuries, and car accidents. A workers' compensation attorney can help injured workers determine if they have a valid claim for benefits. The attorney can also help injury workers prepare, file, and defend a workers' compensation claim.

Most Common Workers' Compensation Claim Injuries

Injuries at work can be common or quite rare, depending on the industry in which you work. Each year, employers across the state report hundreds of injuries that occur in the workplace, with the majority of those resulting in some form of workers’ compensation claim. Based on statistics, there are some injuries that are more common types of workers' compensation injuries seen in claims than others. According to AFL-CIO's 2021 report on safety in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) has helped reduce workplace deaths; however, the number of deaths each year has stayed the same. It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure they provide their employees with a safe work environment. Each employee also has their own responsibility to take caution, follow their training, and not injure or risk the lives of fellow employees. While there are accidents that can be considered random, most of the injuries that lead to workers’ compensation claims are easily preventable.

10 Most Common Workers' Compensation Injuries

  1. Overexertion – This can occur when an employee overexerts his or her body, such as lifting heavy items or performing excessive pulling, carrying, or pushing. Oftentimes, a task as simple as carrying a box of copy paper to the office copy room can lead to overexertion. There are numerous industries that see these types of injuries.
  2. Slips and Trips Employees can trip over materials or items left unattended on the floor. Bad weather can also lead to slip and fall injuries, especially if an employer has not taken proper care of sidewalks or employee parking areas.
  3. Falls – Falls from great heights can occur in any industry, but are most common in construction-related jobs. It is important that employees wear proper protective gear and safety harnesses any time they are working at great heights to avoid falls and serious injuries.
  4. Reaction Injuries – When an employee quickly reacts to another threat, such as jumping out of the way to avoid being hit by a falling object, a reaction injury may occur. These can lead to trauma and severe muscle injuries.
  5. Falling Objects – Also common in the construction industry, falling object injuries take place when unsecured equipment or materials fall on top of other employees passing by.
  6. Car Accidents – Some employees travel a great deal for work or drive to and from appointments each day. Statistics have shown that the more miles a person has on the road, the more likely they are to be in a car accident. Employers should have safe driving and delivery protocols in place to ensure their employees do not cause an accident, but there is little they can do to control other drivers.
  7. Repetitive Motion Injuries – Typically seen in the form of carpal tunnel syndrome, any repeated, continuous motions performed on the job can cause repetitive motion injuries. Employees working in factories or those who use a computer each day can experience injuries in this category.
  8. Workplace Violence – From fights between employees to an employee purposely sabotaging another employee’s work gear, workplace violence is unfortunately a common injury on the job.
  9. Machine Entanglement Accidents – Employees who work around heavy equipment and machinery are more likely to become entangled in a device. For this reason, it is important that employers properly train employees on how to use equipment as well as what clothing to wear to avoid potential entanglement situations.
  10. Head Injuries – Any injury to the head from a falling object, slip and fall injury, or accidentally running into something can be serious. When employees fail to wear protective gear such as helmets on the job, they are more likely to suffer from a head injury at work.

Were You Injured at Work? Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Regardless of how you were injured, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if your injury occurred at work or while performing duties related to your job. A workers' compensation attorney can help you prepare for your visit with your workers' compensation doctor and for your workers' compensation hearing. He or she can help you by exploring the different types of disability benefits for which you may be eligible. Contact Pothitakis Law Firm today for a consultation regarding your case.

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For the past 15 years Mr. Pothitakis has focused his practice on Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases. The firm has two locations, one being in Burlington, Iowa and the other in Keokuk, Iowa. Mr. Pothitakis works with many area unions and employee organizations to provide advice, assistance, and guidance as it relates to employment issues. Mr. Pothitakis provides free consultations to those with legal questions in the firm's areas of practice. In this initial meeting or conference potential clients are provided advice on their need for assistance and how they need to proceed.