What are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
Workers’ Compensation benefits provide compensation for lost wages and medical expenses when a work injury requires medical attention and lost time from work to recover. Although injuries vary according to each industry, there are several common accidents that occur in all types of work environments. The most common workplace accidents include:
- Slip and Falls: Uneven or slippery work surfaces, torn carpets, poor lighting, broken handrails, and debris left in traffic areas can all lead to slip and falls. Serious injuries can result when a person slips and hits their head, falls from an elevated surface, or trips into a sharp object.
- Struck-By Objects and Caught In/Between Accidents: Construction workers, farmers, fishing boat workers, and manufacturing workers have a high risk for this type of accident. Heavy equipment that moves steel beams or heavy objects can strike workers and cause catastrophic injuries. Workers in all types of industries can become wedged between heavy objects and suffer crushing injuries that can result in permanent disability or death.
- Chemical, Electrical, and Burn Accidents: These types of accidents cause the most dangerous and painful injuries of all accidents combined. Electrocution most often results in instant death while burn injuries related to chemical and fire accidents cause permanent disfigurement and require long, painful recoveries.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Motor vehicle accidents in the workplace most commonly happen in construction work zones, on farms, and on interstates and highways when sales personnel travel to appointments. Car and truck accidents can cause serious and often fatal injuries and leave survivors with permanent disability.
Common Workplace Injuries
The most common injuries related to workplace accidents include:
- Brain injuries
- Back and spinal injuries
- Torn and sprained muscles, tendons, and ligaments
- Severe cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Degenerative joint injuries
- Eye injuries
- Hearing loss
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
What to Do If You are Injured at Work
Accidents in the workplace will happen despite our best safety efforts. It is important to follow the protocols for reporting your injuries and filing for Workers’ Compensation benefits if you are injured at work. These include to:
- Seek medical help immediately
- Inform the immediate supervisor or manager of the accident
- Document all medical procedures, office visits, and emergency or hospital visits
- Keep records of all prescription medications and therapies required for recovery
- File for Workers’ Compensation benefits as soon as possible
- Consult with an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer
In some cases, Workers’ Compensation benefits are denied, but this does not mean benefits are not available. An experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer can appeal the denial and claim the compensation you deserve.
Wilmington Work Injury Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow Advocate for Workplace Safety
If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness, call the Wilmington work injury lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow at 302-427-9500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. We will fight to obtain the benefits you deserve. Located in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, Delaware, we serve clients throughout the state, including the areas of Seaford and Elsmere.