Thousands of worker’s comp claims are filed every year – and thousands are denied. If you suffer from one of these common workplace injuries, you may need the assistance of a worker’s compensation attorney. Most of your time is spent away from home and on the job. Proportionally, it’s inevitable that a significant number of injuries occur at work. Many of the most common workers’ compensation claims are overlooked or brushed aside at the time of injury, but not reporting your injuries can lead to expensive health problems.
Regardless of the type of injury, prompt medical attention and hiring a workers’ compensation attorney are crucial to avoiding the possible long-term consequences of an on-the-job injury.
- Repetitive Motion Injury
Injuries from repetitive motions like typing and hunching over the computer are often easily explained away at first. However, left untreated, repetitive motion injuries can strain your tendons and muscles and result in carpal tunnel syndrome, reduced vision, back pain and other health problems.
- Injury as the Result of Violence
Workplace violence is becoming a more and more common concern. Whether it occurs as the result of tempers flaring during a disagreement, a disgruntled employee, or office politics, when a coworker enters your workplace with violent intent the chances of an injury skyrocket. If you are ever the victim of workplace violence, call the appropriate emergency services, and then call a worker’s compensation attorney in your area.
- Auto Accidents
Auto accidents are one of the most common workers’ comp claims. If you are employed in a transportation-heavy industry, your likelihood of being injured in an auto accident is much higher. However, even workers in normal office jobs who are asked to complete errands such as making deliveries, purchasing supplies or retrieving the mail on behalf of their employers are eligible for worker’s compensation in the event of an auto accident.
Overexertion is the number one reason that people are injured and file worker’s compensation claims. Overexertion is defined as a movement that extends the motions of your body beyond its capabilities. It is most often seen when actions such as pushing, pulling, carrying, throwing, lifting and holding are a regular part of your work duties.If you are expected to lift or carry heavy boxes as a part of your job description, consider wearing a back brace and bending your knees to lift as much as possible to preserve your spine.
- Trips, Slips and Falls
Trips, slips and falls can occur anywhere. Trip and fall injuries are often seen during inclement weather when ice and snow are not removed properly for easy access to the entrance and other critical areas of your workplace. Falls can also take place in workspaces with stairs and step downs, and in areas that require the use of a step-stool or ladder to reach supplies.If you fall at work, call for help and try not to move until help arrives. Always have a doctor check you out the day of your accident for documentation, and to ensure that you are not suffering from any hidden trauma.If your worker’s compensation claim has been denied, call the Edwards & Kautz Law Firm at 866.795.5087 to schedule a free legal consultation. We are dedicated to helping you get the compensation you deserve after a work related accident.