Accidents occur every single day in various environments all across the United States. One of the most common types of accidents that we see are those that happen in the workplace or on a job site. Depending on your line of business, the workplace can be extremely dangerous, which is why it is absolutely imperative that your employer follows proper safety precautions and has guidelines in place to keep you safe and healthy. Whether you work on a construction site, in a warehouse or hospital, on a cruise ship, or in an office, accidents can happen as a result of another person’s negligence. When this is the case, you may have the legal right to take them to court and seek compensation for your injuries.
Unfortunately, serious work injuries are far more common than many people realize. According to the Occupational Safety and Hazard Association (OSHA), approximately 4,700 workers are killed every single year on the job and thousands more suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. These are shocking numbers that show just how important it is for workers to understand their rights. Work is the place we go every single day in order to make money to pay the bills, but it can also be an incredibly dangerous environment.
What Are the Top Injuries That Occur At Work?
There are many, many different things that can go wrong, resulting in a serious injury, or worse. When someone is injured at work, they should be awarded workers’ compensation, which is in place to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and emotional or psychological damages from the injury. Here is a look at some of the most common injuries that occur at work:
- Head Injuries
- Such as concussions, traumatic brain injury (TBI), skull and facial fractures, and facial lacerations
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Such as herniated discs, broken vertebrae, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash
- Bone Injuries
- Such as broken bones and dislocated bones or joints
- Amputated or Crushed Limbs
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
The severity of the injury will depend on a host of factors, including the type of accident, the environment where the accident took place, how quickly the victim received medical attention, and the overall health of the worker.
Common Causes of Workplace Injuries
Let’s now take a look at some of the most common causes for accidents and injuries that occur on-the-job:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Overexertion due to lifting
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Being crushed or entangled in machinery
- Work-related vehicle accidents
- Falling objects of debris
To learn more about your rights following a workplace accident, please do not hesitate to contact Rad Law Firm today. Our Dallas personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys are here for you and will answer any questions you may have about your specific case.