The Most Common Injuries at Work
Published in Workers Compensation on May 27, 2019.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a worker is injured in a workplace accident every 7 seconds. In many cases, these injuries occur in completely preventable accidents and leave victims with significant medical expenses, an inability to work, and lingering medical problems that can affect them for months or even years. Here are some of the most common injuries that people sustain at work.
Injuries Caused by Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls can happen anywhere and in any type of workplace, from a dangerous industrial plant to your everyday corporate office. In addition, they are consistently among the most common injury-causing accidents in the American workplace. Examples of injuries commonly caused by slip and fall incidents include:
- Serious soft-tissue injuries
- Broken bones and stress fractures
- Sprains and strains
Muscle Strains Related to Overexertion
Muscle strains are another extremely common work injury, especially for people whose work requires them to engage in repetitive physical tasks like lifting heavy objects. That said, these kinds of workplace injuries can happen to anyone, including office workers who just happened to try and pick up a box of printer paper the wrong way. While these injuries tend to affect workers’ necks and backs most often, muscle strains related to workplace accidents can affect any part of the body.
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Repetitive strain injuries, often referred to as “RSIs,” are injuries that can occur when a person engages in a repetitive task over a prolonged period of time. RSIs encompass a range of medical conditions that can cause issues like pain, tenderness, numbness, tingling, and loss of range of motion. Specific RSIs include tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, and fasciitis.
Injured Workers are Typically Entitled to Benefits through Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Program
If you have been injured in a workplace accident or developed an illness or medical condition related to your work environment, you are almost certainly entitled to benefits through workers’ compensation. Georgia requires most employers to maintain workers’ compensation insurance that will pay benefits to injured employees on a no-fault basis, which means that you can get benefits even if your accident was your fault. Some of the benefits available in Georgia include:
- Temporary disability benefits
- Permanent total disability benefits
- Permanent partial disability benefits
- Medical benefits
As an injured worker, it’s critical that you keep in mind that workers’ compensation insurers will do anything they can to minimize your payout and will deny your claim if given the opportunity. For this reason, it’s highly advisable to retain a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after a workplace accident, and certainly before you file your claim.
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At Nelson & Smith Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to helping injured workers get the benefits to which they are entitled under Georgia law. We take all of our cases on a contingency basis, which means that you will never pay us for legal representation unless we recover compensation on your behalf. To schedule your free case evaluation with a workers’ compensation attorney in Macon, call our office today at (478) 746-1468 or send us an email through our online contact form.