Common Workplace Accidents Leading To Injuries
Long Island Work Injury Lawyers For Workers' Compensation Claims
When you go to work, you face the possibility of getting injured or having an accident. Even the most mundane of workplaces can present a situation where you injure yourself. And when you have a workplace incident that leads to a an injury, you may want to file a workers' compensation claim. But how do you go about it? Well, get in touch with the work injury law office of Gilbert, Blaszcyk, and Milburn. We have decades of combined experience to help you win your work injury case.
In general, the conditions of your workplace and the type of work that you do create certain risks. Of course, the chance of getting into an accident will be more in some workplaces over others, but any workplace presents risks. Such as in the construction industry, where those common injury examples are often more extreme in nature than one you may pick up in an office setting. Construction workers have injuries that are more severe in nature, thus need a competent lawyer to help with their workers' compensation claim.
There are minor claims and injuries, such as the seemingly safe office space. But if you are sitting down for 8 hours per day, then debilitating lower back pain may arise. And if you are typing constantly on top of that, then you get carpal tunnel syndrome is common.
Construction workers face what we call the "fatal four" in terms of accident risk: falls, struck by object, getting pinned or caught between object, or being electrocuted. These are dangerous incidents that may lead to significant injuries.
And unfortunately, some of these sever accidents lead to death. In which case you need an attorney to handle the death claim.
At Gilbert, Blaszcyk, and Milburn, we have the ability to handle all sorts of work injury claims. We look forward to helping you win your case and get you the benefits you deserve. We have offices across Long Island to help those injured on the job get proper representation. So please, do not hesitate to reach out to one of our offices today to get started.
10 Most Reported Workplace Accidents
Here are the 10 most reported workplace accidents in the United States. At Gilbert, Blaszcyk, and Milburn, we tirelessly work for our clients in an effort to win their workers' compensation claim. We also handle claims that were previously denied. So no matter your work injury situation, we are the law office for you! Check out these common workplace accidents and do not hesitate to reach out to us to help win your case!
1. Car & Vehicle Accidents
People who drive cars as part of their job are exposed to the highest amount of accidents. From negligent drivers, to inclement weather, to faulty equipment, there are numerous factors that lead to dangerous conditions and thus workplace accidents. So if your job is driving, then you fall under a high risk of getting hurt on the job.
When people work for a job that requires a lot of driving, then they should have safe driving policies, such as defensive driving and enforcement on distracted driving. By not having some requirements, they put themselves at risk of legal action in case of an accident. Which can help the workers' compensation claim.
2. Slip & Falls
A slip and fall can happen at any sort of workplace. From wet floors, to icy surfaces, to debris, or uneven cords and wires, there are many factors that can lead to someone falling down and inuring themselves. Some falls may be minor, but others can be more severe and lead to broken bones, spinal injuries, soft tissue damage or even brain injuries.
Depending on the circumstances at hand, the fall could have been preventable. All companies should put non-slip doormats to help areas that may be sick. Or properly clean areas that may be wet or dirty. If you think that is the case, then perhaps you have a workers' compensation claim at hand. We can examine the factors and determine a proper course of action.
3. A Fall from Height
Slips and falls are dangerous on their own, but a fall from height is even more dangerous. And can even lead to death in some circumstances. Construction workers face falling from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, platforms, stairways or other raised and elevated surfaces.
Most falls are due in large part to poorly built structures or inadequate or improperly used safety equipment. OSHA, in order to prevent these accidents, requires companies fall protection for workers who do their work at certain heights. Or if their work brings them above dangerous equipment. Safety and training can help reduce these injuries.
Electrocution-related injuries happen as a result from working around exposed cords or wires. And faulty electrical outlets can also result in a shock. Workers may also suffer electrocution from working around power lines or hitting cables as they dig underground. It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure the conditions are safe and give their workers a proper warning about the situation. If not, then you may have grounds for legal action.
If you overexert your body on a regular basis, like pulling, lifting, pushing, holding, or carrying objects and activities, then that is prime grounds for an injury to occur. And with overexertion, it does not need to be just one single incident, but it can be a cumulative effect over the time of doing the same strenuous motions.
Overexertion can lead to lower-back injuries to chronic joint pain, to a myriad of other injuries. It is on the employers to train their workers properly and ensure they are not overexerting themselves. As well as provide all workers the necessary equipment and break time to recover.
6. Hit by an Object
Some workplaces are breeding grounds for dangerous injuries, such as being hit by an object that has fallen or hit by operating machinery. Some machines are very dangerous and if struck by can cause serious blunt-force trauma, such as fractures, eye injuries, internal organ injuries and cuts. But the most common injury from a fallen object is simply the head injury. Management of a workplace needs to be monitored by the employer and ensure that everyone is wearing adequate protection, such as helmets and eye protection.
7. Bump into Something
Workers can unintentionally injure themselves by bumping or getting pushed into a wall, door, cabinet, window, machinery or vehicle and suffer a work injury in the process. In order to reduce the risk of these types of workplace accidents, companies need to maintain a work setting that is clutter-free and where any potential hazards or obstacles are clearly marked. And policies need to be put in place to prohibit workers from texting or talking on phones while working in certain areas to prevent an injury.
8. Getting Entangled
Some work environments have machinery that is dangerous and can cause serious injury. Gears, rollers, and other parts of heavy machinery can trap workers and cause severe tearing and crushing injuries. Loss of limb or death might result from the worst kinds of accidents. So it is imperative that these workplaces have the correct rules in place to ensure a safe work environment. In many instances, loose clothing, shoes, jewelry, fingers or unbound hair get caught in the machinery to cause these injuries. So the employer needs to understand these risks and properly train all employees. And provide everyone with protective gear, while putting up signs and barriers around dangerous machines.
9. Repetitive Motion
In general, repetitive motion injuries fall under a type of cumulative trauma injury. These injuries are a result of excessive repetition of certain tasks or motions, like working on an assembly line or using a mouse and keyboard for long hours.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a form of nerve damage that is caused by repetitive motion and employees need to be trained how to work safely and efficiently in these scenarios. As well as provided the correct equipment and adequate break time.
Lastly we come to violence, which can mean a few things. It can happen as a result of a dispute among co-workers and a fight breaks out. Sometimes a worker may bring a domestic violence issue to the workplace. And for the workers who deal with the public, they may face assault from customers or an attack by an animal or dog. All employers should provide violence training to their employees to help with these problems and create proper channels for reporting suspicious activity or an unsafe work environment.