Employees who are injured or develop a medical condition while working may apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp can help people recover from their injuries if they’re unable to work.
While many people wish it were true, there is no such thing as an injury-free job. Here are some common injuries found in any workplace:
A worker could suffer severe injuries after a slip-and-fall accident. An injured worker could suffer head and spine injuries as a result of a fall. There are many things that can cause slip-and-fall accidents.
One of the most common causes of these injuries is wet surfaces. A surface could be wet because of weather, spilled substances or cleaning solutions. Workers could also slip and fall because of wires, poor lighting, holes, uneven surfaces and overturned rugs.
Overexertion can be caused by repetitive muscle strain and sudden movements. For example, improper lifting techniques, jumping, repetitive work without breaks and typing on a computer can result in overexertion. Workers suffering from overexertion can experience severe pain and long-term disabilities.
Injuries from violence
Many workers become victims of assault. An employee could be attacked by a co-worker or a customer.
Injuries from fires
Many workplaces are prone to fires. An employee who is injured by a fire could develop severe burns. This can cause extreme nerve damage, disfiguration, limb loss and immense pain.
People exposed to fires may also develop other illnesses. Smoke or chemicals in a fire may cause someone to develop respiratory illnesses. In some cases, a fire could cause an explosion, injuring many people.
Victims of workplace injuries may need to learn what they need to do to receive workers’ compensation benefits.