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Five Most Common Work-Related Injuries

March 11th, 2020 at 12:42 pm

Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, workers' compensation case, lawyer consultation, workers’ compensation benefits, work injuryWorkplace injuries can happen at any time to any kind of worker. From retail workers to elevator mechanics, accidents happen. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2018. If you have experienced an injury while on the job, youmay be entitled to workers’ compensation from your employer.

Most Common Workplace Injuries

Workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses, and if you are unable to get back to work following your injury, it will also cover any lost wages until you are able to return. Here are the most common workplace injuries that workers’ compensation may cover:

  1.  Slips, trips, and falls. Slips, trips, and falls can happen on a wide variety of surfaces. Typically, these injuries occur on wet floors, snow-covered walkways, or loose carpeted areas. They can cause several different injuries such as a broken back, sprain ankle, or concussion depending on the severity of the slip, trip, or fall.
  2.  Repetitive sprain/strain injuries. Repetitive sprains and strains occur from doing the same motion over and over. Although these injuries take a while to show symptoms because they develop over the years, it is important to report them sooner rather than later and associate them with a workplace duty.
  3.  Car accidents. Truck drivers, police officers, and salesmen/saleswomen are susceptible to car accidents while on the job. If you were on your way to meet a client, or deliver a package, you are able to file for workers’ compensation for the injuries you sustained and the damage done to your car.
  4.  Lacerations. Lacerations are also known as deep cuts or tears in the skin. These injuries occur when an employee rushes to finish a job or fails to wear the correct safety gear. It’s important to take your time, and/or wear the proper safety gear to prevent lacerations.
  5.  Contact with an object or piece of equipment. Thousands of workplace injuries occur from an object or piece of equipment falling on an employee. A book may fall on an administrative assistant, a clothing rack may fall on a retail worker, or a heavy piece of machinery may fall on a machinist. No matter what the object is, if it caused you injury while on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.

Contact a Cook County, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have experienced a workplace injury, avoid suffering through the pain and contact a Cook County, Illinois workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. We guarantee to get you the compensation you are entitled to. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation today.

 

Sources: 

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh.pdf

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/disability/workerscompensation

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