The 10 Most Common Worker’s Compensation Injuries

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The 10 Most Common Worker’s Compensation Injuries

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Every company operating in the United States, that employs a workforce, is required to carry what is known as worker’s compensation insurance, to ensure that workplace injuries are dealt with efficiently and legally. There are millions of worker’s compensation injury claims each year, and those individuals who hire a good worker’s comp attorney tend to have better results and larger settlements for their claims. If you are curious about the most common injuries that result in worker’s compensation claims, here are the top 10, ranked by # of claims filed.

  1. Overexertion

The most common workplace injury is when a worker pulls a muscle or overextends a joint performing actions like pushing, pulling, lifting, or throwing.

  1. Slips and trips

Many workers are injured due to slipping and falling each year, typically due to wet or dangerous walkways.

  1. Falls

When a worker falls to a lower level, such as a fall from a ladder, roof, flight of stairs, or scaffolding, the consequences can be disastrous.

  1. Bodily reaction

A reaction injury can occur when a worker trips or slips, resulting in something like a sprained ankle, twisted wrist, or similar bodily stress.

  1. Struck by object

This type of injury happens when a worker is hit or hurt by an object, often when something falls off of a shelf, or is dropped down from a lower level.

  1. Struck against object

Workers may be pushed or forced against something, such as a bookshelf, barricade, or other stationary object, or may fall into something, resulting in injury.

  1. Highway incident

For workers that drive or travel on the road, traffic incidents account for many injuries each year, especially for police officers, traveling business representatives, and fire and rescue workers.

  1. Machinery accident

Although most companies implement extensive training around large machinery and equipment, workers are injured using machinery on a regular basis, resulting in crush injuries, mutilation, and other serious harm.

  1. Repetitive motion

One of the hardest injuries to prove, repetitive motion injuries are common for workers who perform the same actions over and over, such as lifting, typing, packing, and many more.

  1. Workplace violence

In the United States, it’s estimated that nearly 400 people are injured on the job each year due to acts of violence, such as shootings, robberies, and other crimes.

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