Common Work InjuriesBy Kenton Koszdin on October 23, 2018 | In Workplace Injury
Common work injuries can often result in the most debilitating disabilities. If you are one of the many people who have been injured while carrying out your normal work duties, there is a chance you may never work again. When you suffer a work injury, seeking and accepting medical treatment will stand by you in the future for a number of reasons.
Disabilities resulting from work injuries are not always evident right away. Some disabilities may take months or even years to become symptomatic. A good example of this is osteoarthritis which can develop due to an old trauma and progress slowly. Ignoring the symptoms and soldiering on when you are technically disabled and unfit for work will not do you any favors in the long run.
Slip and Fall
One of the most common types of work injuries, a slip and fall may occur either inside or outside of your employer’s premises. You don’t need to fall in order for the accident to result in a disability, either. There are a number of scenarios where a slip alone could cause serious and life changing disabilities.
Lifting is not always about the weight of the object. Not using the right technique when lifting any object creates the potential for work injuries to occur. With that said, there is a greater chance of injury when attempting to lift objects that are too heavy. That includes carrying objects for a considerable distance or while attempting to navigate obstacles or stairs.
Serious work injuries can result from falling objects, which is why warehouses and similar workplaces have strict guidelines for storing items at a height. Common work injuries involving falling objects include trauma to the head, neck, back, and torso. The severity of injury will depend on the shape and weight of the object, and the height from which it fell.
Crashes and Collision
If you work in an occupation that involves driving a vehicle or being around vehicles, your chances of being involved in crashes or collisions greatly increases. Due to the potential seriousness of such accidents, the list of possible work injuries is considerable. Traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and injuries to the extremities are common.
Almost every kind of workplace has some type of machinery that can cause work injuries. Even the humble photocopier has been known to cause serious harm to employees when mishandled. Machinery work injuries are so common simply due to the vast number of machines that are used every day by the working public.
Much like with machinery accidents, burns are so common because the majority of workplaces provide hot water. However, in many cases burns are caused by the mishandling or spill of chemicals. Unfortunately, many work injuries resulting from burns lead to life changing disabilities.
Disability Benefit Claims
If you are applying for disability benefits and are having trouble with the process, reach out to the legal team of the Kenton Koszdin Law Office. We will evaluate your case as part of a free consultation, allowing our team to determine how we can best help you.