Injuries at work happen all the time, but that doesn't make them any easier of an experience. Workers who suffer on-the-job injuries can experience physical, emotional, and financial setbacks - and they may face a difficult time securing the benefits or compensation they need.
At Shook & Stone, our lawyers have worked with many injured workers and families, and we've helped them recover millions in compensation over the years. While each case we've handled was unique, there are some types of work accidents and injuries that are more common than others.
Below are some of the most common work-related accidents and injuries:
- Falls - Falls are a leading cause of injury in the workplace, and can occur in many different types of industries. Falls may include falls from heights off of ladders, roofs, or scaffolding, or falls on level ground caused by tripping over objects.
- Overexertion - Overexertion can happen in any field of work, and in different ways. Generally, workers can suffer overexertion if they perform too much lifting, pushing, bending, carrying, or other strenuous physical activity for too long and in tough conditions, such as the heat. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that overexertion injuries in the workplace resulted in more than $13 billion in workers' compensation benefits in 2013.
- Struck by an Object - Struck by object accidents are very common, especially in the construction and general labor industries. These incidents occur when a worker is hit by falling objects, protruding objects or structures, or even vehicles.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries - Repetitive motion injuries happen when a worker repeats specific movements and actions and suffers an injury as a result. Repetitive motion injuries can occur in a number of ways, including as a result of continuous bending or even typing on a keyboard.
If you or someone you love has experienced any type of workplace accident and injury and would like to learn more about your rights, our legal team is available to provide you with a free consultation. Contact us today to discuss your case.