6 Common Workplace Injuries That Can Lead To A Workers’ Compensation Claim

There are several common kinds of workplace injuries people can suffer with:

Back and Neck Injuries – These are often the result of tripping, falling or slipping. They may also be the result of carrying or lifting heavy objects along with a number of other reasons. There are also special circumstances and dangers faced by maritime workers, where they could face a great danger of getting hurt and suffering grave injury while working at the sea.

Head Injuries – This can occur in instances where a person is on some type of elevated surface, roof or ladder. Other cases where head injuries occur is when falling objects or debris falls on their head.

Arms, Hands and Wrists Injuries – These kinds of injuries include sprains, fractures, carpel tunnel or painful amputation. People who work with heavy duty equipment or machinery, as they are at higher risk for the body being pinched or crushed by equipment.

Hearing/Vision Injuries  – Another two kind of injuries people might have is hearing problems due to constant exposure to loud noises or eye injuries for when small objects or particles get into a worker’s eye.

Burn Injuries, Respiratory Problems and Other Sicknesses – Workers who work with machinery, hazardous materials or chemicals may suffer with burn injuries. They may also suffer with respiratory problems or be diagnosed with a disease or illness. Exposure to certain types of chemicals and toxins can cause possible serious illnesses.

Auto Accident Injuries – Do you drive for your job – whether it’s with your car or the company vehicle? If so, then you’re at risk for getting into an automobile accident. If it occurs while on the job, it’s considered a workplace injury.

What Will Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover?

Workers’ compensation generally pays for any medical expenses: hospitalization, medication, surgery or any healthcare related costs that resulted from the injury. It may also cover vocational training or rehabilitation should you be unable to fulfill the duties of your job and must be trained in another field.

Pay through workers’ compensation is usually two-thirds the regular income. How long you get these benefits will depend on how injured you are and if you reached the maximum medical improvement. What does this mean? It means you may never be healed and your condition is not likely to change or be improved.

If you are having problems with workers’ compensation, be sure to talk with a lawyer regarding your right to the benefits, how much you should be receiving and when you can go back to work.