Work accidents happen frequently, especially in certain industries. Here are the top 5 most common work accidents, and what you can do to get compensation if you or a loved one were injured in the workplace.
1. Injuries Caused by Overexertion
The most common type of work injury is not truly accident related, but is an injury that develops over time due to overexertion. For example, back injuries and carpal tunnel syndrome are both problems that can occur due to repetitive motion and overexertion at work.
2. Slip and Falls
Falls that occur after slipping or tripping are the second most common type of work accident. These incidents have been known to lead to serious injuries, including head injuries, broken bones, and in some cases, they can be fatal. Slip, trip and fall incidents can often be prevented by keeping paths at work clear from hazards, like spills and debris.
3. Falls from Heights
Falling from heights is another common accident at work. Falls from scaffolding in construction sites, or falls from roofs can lead to critical injuries and even death. Proper safety equipment can help reduce the incidence of a fall, but may not entirely prevent falls from heights from happening at a work site.
4. Injuries from Falling Objects
In many work sites, objects can fall from heights and hit a worker, causing injury. A hard hat worn in dangerous work environments can reduce the chances of serious injuries, but falling objects can still injure the head, neck, shoulders, and other body parts.
5. Vehicle Accidents
Employees who drive company vehicles as a part of their job may become involved in an accident that causes severe injuries. Employees who drive their own vehicles as a part of their job, such as U.S.P.S. workers, may be eligible for compensation for both their injuries and damage to their vehicle.
When to Contact a Workers' Compensation Attorney
If you were injured at work, the first thing you must do is fill out an accident report. Once this is complete, it is in your best interest to contact a workers' compensation lawyer, even if you don't think you will meet any opposition when filing your claim.
Sean A. Casey, Esquire has the expertise and resources to assist you with your claim and ensure that you are getting all the benefits you are entitled to under workers' compensation. Call today for a consultation at (412) 201-9090.