What are the Most Common Work Injuries?
Getting injured at work is not something anybody wants to experience, but work injuries are not uncommon. Mistakes and accidents happen, but those injured on the job should be able to count on workers’ compensation insurance to cover their expenses. What are the most common injuries that happen in the workplace in Washington?
Work injuries are going to happen in Washington
According to data available from the National Safety Council, we know that there were approximately 4.6 million workplace injuries that required medical consultations during the latest reporting here. There were also 4,493 total workplace injury-related fatalities.
Workers in any industry can be injured. While there are most certainly jobs that have a higher injury risk than others, every industry poses certain risks. Some of the most common injuries that occur in the Washington workplace include:
- Slip, trip, and fall injuries. By far, the most common injuries that happen in the workplace occur due to slips, trips, and falls. Whether you work in an office, a factory, or shop, you are likely to encounter slippery surfaces at some point. These Incidents can lead to broken and dislocated bones, traumatic brain injuries, sprains and strains, and more.
- Muscle strains. Anyone who regularly lifts heavy items at work understands that muscle strains are a real risk. Neck and back strains are all too frequently sustained on the job by workers in Washington.
- Hit by falling objects. Many workers find themselves on the receiving end of objects falling from heights. This is not just a problem in a warehouse environment. Objects can also fall out of cupboards or shelves in regular office spaces. Regardless of where these injuries occur, falling objects can lead to serious injuries.
- Repetitive strain injuries. Anytime a worker is required to perform the same motions over and over again, there is a risk that a repetitive strain injury will occur. Carpal tunnel syndrome is perhaps the most well-known of these injuries, but there are many others that can affect various parts of the human body.
- Crash and collision injuries. Many workers operate motor vehicles as part of their on the job duties. This leads to many work injuries being related to motor vehicle collisions. These injuries can be severe and leave workers with temporary or permanent disabilities, including brain injuries.
- Cuts and lacerations. There are ways in just about every workplace that a worker can sustain a cut or laceration. This can include unguarded tools, sharp edges in the workplace, and more.
- Exposure to loud noises. Exposure to loud noises in the workplace can lead to significant hearing loss for workers. Employees in many industries continue to be exposed to loud noises on the job, and it is up to employers to provide proper hearing protection.
Contact an injury attorney about your case today
If you or a loved one have been injured at work but are struggling to secure the compensation you need from a workers’ conversation insurer, speak to an attorney today. At Washington Injury Law, we have vast experience helping those who have sustained workplace injuries obtain the compensation they need. Our goal is to investigate your case so we can secure coverage of your medical expenses, lost income, temporary or permanent disability benefits, and more. When you need a Washington workers’ compensation attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 206-960-4522.