Injury Types Commonly Named in Workers' Compensation Claims

Posted By Thomas F. Martin, PLC || 21-Jul-2016

Any jobsite can become a dangerous jobsite if supervisors, managers, and company executives do not promote a safe working environment and maintain regular inspections. To this end, even the most-careful, most-diligent employees can be hurt on the job. When this happens, will their employer accept responsibility and provide them workers’ compensation and medical coverage? Or will the worker have to struggle to get the assistance they need and deserve?

At Thomas F. Martin, PLC, our Santa Ana and Orange County workers’ comp attorneys are here to help injured employees from all fields and careers, but we would prefer it if no one got hurt in the first place. To get a better understanding of how to prevent workplace injuries, we reviewed some of the most commonly named injury types on workers’ compensation claims and what causes them.

The seven top cited causes of injuries on workers’ comp forms, in no particular order, are:

  1. Falls: Slipping on puddles or slick tiles, tripping over loose cables or carpeting, and falling down stairs or off scaffolding are some of the most common, and dangerous, forms of workplace injury. It is not uncommon for a traumatic fall to end with permanent spinal cord damage.
  2. Heavy equipment failure: Large, industrial machinery becomes a menace when not operated by experienced crew members. Supervisors must ensure all workers are fully trained to use heavy equipment and understand to stay clear of them in while in use. Otherwise, a serious or fatal injury can occur without warning.
  3. Highway accident: There are more employees on America’s highway than one might expect. From mail couriers to commercial truckers to police officers, car accidents and other related incidents pose a major threat to the health of thousands of workers each day.
  4. Hit by an object: Falling objects are a hazardous concern for retail workers and crews who stack or store load. Poorly constructed shelving or overloading a storage space may cause a heavy object to fall, strike a worker, and result in brain damage.
  5. Overexertion: Pulling a muscle or dislocating a joint may not be life threatening but it can be excruciating, temporarily yet completely disabling a worker for a week or more. Overexertion of this type is often at the top of the list of workplace injuries according to the Department of Labor.
  6. Repetitive motion injury: Doing the same thing over and over again can actually result in serious injury over time, no matter how slight that motion may be. People who work in offices and use keyboards and mice all day long are often at risk of developing carpal tunnel, which is a form of repetitive motion injury.
  7. Workplace violence: A lack of security at the workplace puts employees at unfair risk of assault, robbery, and undue violence. Companies must also make reasonable effort to ensure employee happiness remains high, and to deter violence between coworkers.

If you are suffering from any of the aforementioned causes of workplace injury, or any other type of injury experienced while on-the-clock, Thomas F. Martin, PLC is your law firm for responsive and reliable legal advocacy. Contact our Santa Ana workers’ compensation attorneys today for more information about how we can help you create your claim and pursue a maximized compensation amount.

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