What Are the Most Common Workplace Accidents?
15 June 2020
Common Workplace Accidents
Unfortunately, accidents can happen at work that leave you injured and unable to perform your job-related responsibilities. While almost every state requires businesses to purchase workers’ compensation, those who fail to do so can be sued. It is also possible for businesses with workers’ compensation to have a personal injury lawsuit against them for intentional misconduct if that was the case. If you were involved in an accident and the negligence wasn’t your own, it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer. Some common workplace accidents include slips and falls, repetitive strain, overexertion, auto accidents, and being struck by an object. Learn more about these accidents with the knowledgeable team at Davis Law Group.
Slips and Falls
One of the most common workplace accidents involves slipping and falling. Different conditions can cause slips and falls including wet, uneven, oily, or icy surfaces, poor lighting, cluttered pathways, and more. Occupations that often experience these accidents are maintenance, construction, healthcare, and transportation workers. Some injuries sustained from these accidents include fractures, concussions, and spinal cord injuries.
A repetitive strain injury (RSI) refers to the damage and pain caused by overuse or a repetitive movement. Parts of the body that are generally affected include the neck, shoulders, wrists, and hands. Professions that are at risk for this type of injury include construction workers, housekeepers, plumbers, musicians, delivery workers, and those completing work in an office. Overstretching the body or going beyond one’s physical capabilities can result in an RSI, which is ultimately the fault of the employer.
When an employee is pushed too hard beyond their physical limits, it can result in overexertion. Causes of overexertion include lifting heavy objects, performing jobs in warm temperatures, working long hours without a break, and more. Overexertion is commonly experienced by people with physical labor jobs, including construction workers, health care professionals, and those working in warehouses.
Auto-related accidents while on the job are unfortunately not uncommon and fall under the responsibility of the employer. There are many causes of auto accidents including speeding, distracted driving, road hazards, and more. Injuries range from minor to even fatal. Auto accident-related workplace injuries may be filed in conjunction with personal injury claims
Struck by an Object
Being struck by an object can cause serious injuries. Projectile objects, equipment falling from shelves, tools, and materials falling from heights on a building site can land on or hit anyone. Occupations that commonly suffer from this type of accident include construction workers and factory workers.
Contact Davis Law Group When Involved in a Workplace Accident
If you have suffered from a workplace accident, don’t hesitate to contact the personal injury lawyers at Davis Law Group. We specialize in work injury law and our team will make sure that you receive the following: appropriate care while you’re out of work until the settlement, the settlement funds you need to support your family, and justice concerning the negligence that caused your injury. A workplace accident can be life-changing, which is why it is important to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.