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Common Workplace Injuries

Common Workplace Injuries

Common Workplace Injuries

While an increase in workplace safety laws has helped to reduce occupational injuries and fatalities throughout the years, many employees continue to be injured due to unsafe working environments. There are a number of common workplace injuries that lead to significant long-term complications, disability and other life-changing consequences. 

If you were injured, don’t hesitate to receive medical attention and the support of a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd. is committed to helping injured workers receive the results that they need. We’re prepared to help you fight for your benefits.

Slip and Fall Injuries

Slip and fall injuries are one of the top reasons that employees seek worker’s compensation. Employers are responsible for maintaining safe premises and working conditions, but unfortunately, many employees are injured due to negligent management. Most commonly, workers are injured in the following unsafe conditions:

  • Floors are icy, wet or covered in slippery substances like oil
  • Cluttered walkways, inadequate lighting or unprotected holes lead to trips
  • Unmanaged messes in construction areas can cause slips 
  • Infrastructure lacks handrails and other protective measures on stairs and heights

Injuries resulting from these kinds of incidents are often serious, as they can result in broken bones, head injuries, wrist fractures and more. Even seemingly minor injuries can lead to significant health complications down the line, so if you were injured, take the matter seriously and call an attorney at the soonest opportunity.  

Muscle Strains and Overexertion

Musculoskeletal problems are among the most costly injuries that happen at work. Overexertion injuries, which include repetitive strain injuries and muscle strains, may lead to debilitating symptoms that hurt your productivity and put your future health at risk. A few examples of workplace practices that may cause overexertion injuries include: 

  • Lack of an ergonomic setup for office workers
  • Constant lifting, carrying or moving heavy objects without equipment
  • Collapsing or unstable structures
  • Repetitive tasks without breaks

Employees are entitled to proper training and should know how to prevent repetitive strain injuries. In order to reduce overexertion, take frequent breaks and use mechanical equipment to lift objects that weigh more than 50 pounds. If your employer fails to take the necessary steps to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, contact a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss possible recompense.

Scaffolding and Construction Injuries

Construction zones can be very dangerous for workers. These areas are filled with heavy machinery, scaffolding, unfinished structures and other potentially unsafe scenarios. A few common injuries caused by scaffolding and construction zone accidents include: 

  • Hand injuries
  • Severed fingers and limbs
  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Blindness or hearing loss

Many construction accident injuries can be adequately limited if the employer takes precautionary measures. Employers must provide the necessary personal protective equipment, follow established policies and encourage employees to remain aware of their surroundings. 

Contact Our Attorneys to Discuss Your Case

There are many types of workplace injuries, many of which may lead to lifelong disability or disfigurement. After sustaining an injury at your workplace, you may run into challenges as you work towards the recompense that you deserve. Seeking compensation is easier alongside a workers comp lawyer at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., so contact our firm for a consultation.

If you have been injured in a personal injury or work-related accident, do not hesitate to contact our office at (312) 332-5400

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