Your workplace should make you feel safe and secure. However, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report of 2018, there were 2.8 million non-fatal work injuries reported in the US.
Injuries at the workplace can happen due to many reasons and can lead to hefty medical bills and time away from work. This is why you need to be aware of the most common workplace injuries and how you can prevent them. But if you are someone who has incurred injuries at the workplace, we strongly suggest you get in touch with personal injury lawyers in NJ for compensation.
Reasons behind common workplace injuries
“Approximately 35% of injuries in the workplace happen due to overexertion.”
Workers who are involved in physically demanding jobs that require actions like pulling, pushing, and lifting, etc. often experience workplace injuries due to overexertion. They may suffer from ligament tears, strains, or muscle sprains. Workers who work in construction or factories are more likely to face these types of workplace injuries than those with desk jobs.
#2. Slipping and tripping
“25.8% of workplace injuries happen due to slipping or tripping.”
Most employers try to create a safe environment for their workers. However, sometimes employees can slip on a slippery floor or trip due to an unbalanced surface. If you have incurred any injuries due to slipping on a wet floor (without a warning sign) or tripped over due to a cluttered workplace, you can hire a personal injury lawyer in NJ to sue your employer for compensation.
#3. Work-related vehicle accidents
Many industrial jobs require workers to operate heavy or normal vehicles. Motor vehicle safety should be a top priority for employers at such workplaces. But as facts suggest, work-related motor vehicle crash injuries are quite common, and if you are someone who has incurred an injury at the workplace while driving a vehicle, you may pursue a claim to cover your medical expenses and other damages.
#4. Falling from a height
It is one of the leading reasons behind serious and fatal injuries at construction sites.
It is the duty of the employers to ensure protection of employees from fall hazards. These accidents happen when employers don’t follow OSHA (the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration) rules and regulations. If workers get injured due to falling from a height at their workplace, they can file for a workers’ compensation claim, which will cover their medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages.
#5 Machine Entanglement
Heavy machines and equipment commonly used in agricultural territories, construction sites, and other factories are the reason behind machine entanglement injuries. Unfortunately, the majority of the employers and employees in the US do not recognize the potential hazards of these machines and neglect taking the right precautions. If your employer does not follow the right protocols and take adequate safety measures. They are responsible for any machine entanglement injury incurred by the workers. Consult a personal injury attorney to get legal help.
#6. Repetitive motion injuries
“Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common example of a repetitive motion injury.”
It occurs when the hands and wrists constantly move repetitively. These workplace injuries are usually seen in workers who operate the same machines and equipment on a daily basis. Repetitive motion injuries may require surgical repair and the healing process could be lengthy. A worker can get legal help to claim compensation for such work-related injury.
We know that work accidents and injuries happen. One cannot predict such situations, however, if you are wronged by your employers and suffering from a personal injury, you must get in touch with a reputable law firm that can help you protect your rights and claim compensation for your injury.
At Trimble Law, we are dedicated to the needs of our clients. If you hire us for your workplace accident compensation, we will help you get:
- Medical expenses to treat your injury or illness
- Expenses for severe disfigurement or scars
- Lost wages for missed work
- Coverage to enroll in certain physical or vocational rehabilitation programs
- Payment of permanency award for total or partial disability
Get in touch with us for a consultation!