Sustaining an injury on the job can happen to anyone at any time. Even if you take all of the necessary safety precautions, an accident can still occur. If you work in an industry that does not seem dangerous, you could still be at risk.
In 2017 alone, there were about 2.8 million non-fatal work illnesses and injuries. This statistic shows that for every 100 full-time workers, 2.8 were involved in a workplace accident or illness that caused them to miss time on the job. If you were injured on the job it is important to know what options, you have at your disposal.
What are the most common injuries?
The most common workers’ compensation claims vary based on the industry. Across all industries, the most common claims are:
- Pulled muscles
- Deep cuts or punctures
- Bone fractures or breaks
- Fire or electrical burns
What are the most common causes of these injuries?
Understanding the most common causes of workplace injuries can allow you to be more aware and potentially prevent an injury from happening. The most common causes are:
- Slips or falls
- Repetitive motions
- Handling dangerous materials
- Equipment malfunctions
The workers’ compensation process can be confusing. States differ in how they process workers’ compensation cases and the options available to you might not be the same as well. You may want to speak with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer if you have any questions about your claim. They will be able to gather evidence and help guide you through the process.