Personal injury cases involves an estimated 39.5 million people in the US every year. These cases make up about 10% of cases in US civil court. The workplace injury leaves you injured, with hospital and medical, pain and suffering, as well as the time off work. Depending on negligence involved, you can ask for compensation. But what kinds of accidents are the most common in workplace situations?
Different Types of Personal Injury Cases – Workplace Injury
Accidents can vary in intensity and severity at the workplace, depending on what all is involved. The goal of every company should be to avoid accidents at all costs, but there will inevitably be some kinds of accidents that are outside of your control. Common types of workplace injuries can involve a number of different types of accidents.
- Transportation accidents: Since so many employment opportunities involve some form of transportation and vehicle operations, a common type of workplace injury involves cars, trucks, and other transportation-related incidents.
- Slips, Falls, or Trips: It may not seem like a lot, but as many as 50 people die every year from slip-and-fall injuries. That’s why it’s so important to maintain clear walkways, even flooring, consistent working surfaces, and other properly maintained work surfaces.
- Moving Equipment: You could probably guess that one of the most common workplace injuries involved equipment, but it’s more specific than that. You could be injured by any object that slides, rolls, rotates, or moves. There are quite a few pieces of equipment that fall somewhere in there, and it’s important to always maintain situational awareness and safety measures.
- Overexertion or Repetitive Stress Injuries: You may have heard of carpal tunnel as one of the most common examples of RSIs, but you may not realize that overdoing it can lead to serious injuries and long-term negative side effects.
- Fire and Explosions: There’s always a chance that fire could affect you and your co-workers at your business. It doesn’t take much to start a flame, and then an explosion is entirely predictable when you work around flammable materials at your place of work. It’s important to follow the safety protocols and evacuate if there’s ever an instance where fire or explosion are possible outcomes.
- Falling Object: Just as it’s easy to imagine a slip-and-fall injury, a falling object happens quite frequently as well. If the object was not properly stowed away, or if there is a minor tremor in the area, a falling object is entirely possible and probable.
- Workplace Violence: When employees get frustrated and angry at each other and at management for a variety of reasons, violence is inevitable. Violence on the job can also involve bullying by the boss or fellow employees, as well as other forms of abuse, assault, and/or intimidation.
- Chemical accident: In some workplaces, there’s a chance that toxic liquids could be released into your immediate environment, which can cause serious complications for you and everyone else at work. It’s also essential to contain the toxic liquid to prevent it from negatively affecting your community.
- Toxic Torts: Personal injury cases also include toxic torts, in which a contaminant transmitted by air or water causes illness, injury, or death. Other tort claims may be pursued in conjunction with personal injury claims.
- Electrical accident: It could be everything from electric burns, a shock or even electrocution. This is why it’s so important to stay away from live wires during the course of your work experience. Even trained electricians can find themselves in situations where they’re shocked or worse.
While you might think that all these types of workplace injuries and accidents would result in the same process for a personal injury case, that’s probably not true. While we always recommend that you track all your receipts for treatment and monitoring of any workplace injury, some accidents will involve a different level of workman’s compensation and an exploration of disability benefits, compared with others.
Some injuries are just more severe than others, and in most cases, the results of the case should reflect that fact. For example, a chemical spill could leave you permanently disabled, or it could be a minor inconvenience that gets you back to work nearly immediately. While we always recommend taking precautions and consulting with a doctor before making any decisions about returning to work, some levels of injury are easier to bounce back from than others.
What is the Basis of Workplace Injury?
Nearly 28% of workplace injuries involve a slip-and-fall of some kind. It’s rarely as simple as that, though. While the basis of the workplace injury will vary depending on what happened, it’s still important to be proactive and diligent in the recommended treatment options for the work injury. One of the most common recommendations for treatment involves chiropractic realignment.
The goal is to move you toward early prevention and mitigation of pain, while your body heals from a workplace accident. Depending on the accidents and the recommendations of your doctor or medical professional as well as your lawyer, you may need an X-Ray, or other diagnostic measures to determine what’s going on. Then, we’ll continue to work with you to achieve greater mobility, range of motion, and flexibility. It’s where you should be anyway, even without the accident.
Next Step: Schedule Your Consult with a Personal Injury Lawyer
Whenever you’ve been involved in a workplace injury, you should consider your options to ensure that you’re adequately compensated for your pain and suffering in addition to the time off work and other factors.
It could be that you’ve been lucky, and the accident was not serious. It’s still important to be aware of the factors that led to your injury and remember that it could be worse next time. By maintaining a diligent and proactive approach to what’s going on in your community you can avoid the oversight, help prevent the injury next time, and protect yourself and your colleagues from serious injury or worse. For all of that, you need a New York work injury lawyer. They’ll walk you through the entire process and make sure you know what to expect.