Common Types of Workers’ Comp Injuries
A worker is injured on the job every 7 seconds. Scary, right? The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that 510 workers are injured per hour, 12,600 per day, 88,500 per week, and a staggering 4,600,000 workers are injured per year. These stats become real when you or a loved one is one of these injured workers.
We understand how much is at stake when you’re filing a workers’ compensation claim. You’ve been injured and can no longer perform your job, but you need to support yourself and your family. The last thing you need is the insurance company delaying or denying your claim. You simply want the benefits and compensation outlined by law that you may deserve.
Contact the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin. You can depend on us to fight for your rights throughout the entire process.
The Most Common Types of Workplace Injuries
The NSC reports that the top 3 most common types of workplace injuries resulting in workers missing days of work are:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
These injuries include knee injuries and shoulder injuries that many workers in health care, construction, and transportation incur.
- Soreness or pain
These injuries include herniated discs and other back injuries that are common for firefighters, plumbers, health care workers, and construction workers whose jobs have a physical aspect.
- Cuts, lacerations, or punctures
These injuries include eye injuries and skin abrasions that can happen to all workers but are frequent in the medical and laboratory environments and on construction sites.
Workplace Events Resulting in Injury and Illness
The NSC reports that the top 3 work events resulting in lost days from work are:
- Overexertion (34%)
- Contact with projects and equipment (26%), including electrocution
- Slips, trips, and falls (26%)
While these workplace events focus on injuries, it’s important to remember that many workers also get sick from their jobs. Examples of occupational diseases include mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos, lung disease caused by expose to coal dust, radiation sickness, lead poisoning.
If you are suffering from an occupational disease that developed over time or an infectious disease acquired on-the-job, you may want to consider filing a workers’ compensation claim to try to have the insurance company pay your medical expenses and reimburse you for lost wages.
Proving That Your Injury or Illness Was Related to Work
For work-related injuries, you must prove that you sustained an injury by accident or specific traumatic incident at your job. For occupational diseases, coverage is typically available for:
- Medical conditions caused by the nature of the work
- Diseases that are commonly associated with an occupation, such as asbestosis
- Illnesses caused by the worker being placed at an increased risk of contracting the disease when compared to members of the general public
Contact our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Our attorneys will work hard to help you try to obtain the medical treatment and workers’ compensation benefits to which you may be entitled. Several of our workers’ compensation attorneys are NC State Bar Board Certified Specialists in Workers’ Compensation Law, and several have more than 10 years of experience fighting to maximize our clients’ workers’ compensation benefits.