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Common Workers' Compensation Injuries



Common workers' compensation injuries can be caused by anything from the negligence of a fellow worker, a defectively designed or manufactured piece of equipment, items falling off shelves, a slippery floor or a slip and fall from poor lighting.

Although a construction site may pose greater risks and opportunities for injuries, many accidents occur in offices where a worker is supposedly safe behind a desk. Slipping on an item on the floor, colliding with someone, sitting on a broken chair or suffering a wrist or hand injury from years of typing are all compensable injuries.

Common workplace injuries

Here are some common workers' compensation injuries:

  • Fractured limbs - Slip and falls or being struck by moving objects are the usual causes of these common workplace injuries.
  • Back muscle sprains - Years of lifting or pushing heavy objects, or a slip and fall, can result in back injuries, which plague many blue collar and white collar workers alike.
  • Spinal cord injuries - Falls from any elevation, vehicle accidents, and being struck by cranes or heavy equipment can result in paralyzing injuries.
  • Electric shock - Construction workers, telephone pole and electrical workers are especially prone to contact with live wires.
  • Shoulder and knee injuries - Dislocated shoulders and ACL and MCL tears in the knees occur from years of squatting and lifting.
  • Repetitive motion injuries - Carpal tunnel results from activities like typing where wrist nerves are compressed, causing numbness and weakness. Tendonitis occurs when tendons become tighter until fibers tear in hips, elbows, wrists, knees or ankles.
  • Stress fractures - Overused, fatigued muscles are unable to absorb stress and transfer it to a bone, causing tiny cracks.
  • Head injuries - Concussions and other impacts to the head can cause traumatic brain injury and long-term treatment and health problems.
  • Occupational injuries - Prolonged exposure to chemicals or toxic substances like asbestos or even mold can result in respiratory problems or skin and organ damage.

These are just some of the more common workers' compensation injuries that can occur in any working environment. Injured workers should immediately consult with a workers' compensation attorney.