Private industry employers reported more than 3 million workplace injuries and illnesses in a single recent year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than half of those injuries were serious enough to require days away from work, job restrictions or a job transfer.

Workers’ compensation is the system that provides medical and financial assistance when someone is injured in an on-the-job accident, helping workers while they recover or providing a modified work environment as they return to the job.

A report from Trusted Choice independent insurance agents compiled the top 10 injuries related to workers’ compensation claims, along with the jobs that file the most claims each year. Here is the top 10 list:

  1. overexertion work injuryOverexertion
    A study from the Department of Labor showed that overexertion, common in factory and construction jobs, was the most common workplace injury. The injury can happen during the act of throwing, pulling or lifting, causing a joint to be moved beyond its range of motion or a pulling a muscle.
  2. Slips, Trips and Falls
    Wet floors are a major cause of workers’ compensation claims over slips, trips and falls in workplaces. Snowy and icy walkways are another source of these injuries. Store associates, groundskeepers and security workers are among the workers most susceptible to these kinds of accidents and injuries, though virtually anyone could be a victim.
  3. Falls to Lower Level
    Injuries can happen when a worker falls off a roof, scaffold or ladder, or down a flight of stairs, for example. This is most common among roofers and construction workers, especially employees who work in a multi-level workspace.
  4. Contact Joye Law FirmBodily Reaction
    Workers can be injured when they trip and avoid falling but still twist or sprain their knee or ankle or injure their back, for example. It can happen to anyone in virtually any situation.
  5. Contact Joye Law FirmStruck by Object
    Injuries can happen when an object is dropped by another worker to a lower level or an item falls off a shelf, for example. Retail, restaurant and office workers are among those most at risk for this type of injury.
  6. Contact Joye Law FirmStruck Against an Object
    Injuries can happen when a person falls into or is forced into an object such as a bookshelf or barricade. This can easily happen to factory and office workers.
  7. Contact Joye Law FirmTraffic Accident
    One of top work causes of injuries for people who drive for a living, such as truckers and delivery drivers, is an accident while on the road. Car accident injuries can also happen to police officers and those who travel often for their job.
  8. Contact Joye Law FirmMachinery Accidents
    Heavy machinery can cause crushing injuries to construction or factory workers. These injuries are often quite serious and result in high medical bills. Most states have laws that require training before workers operate heavy machinery, but many employers fail to provide it.
  9. Contact Joye Law FirmRepetitive Motion
    These types of injuries come from workers doing the same thing over and over, such as lifting boxes, working on an assembly line or using a computer mouse. The conditions include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and bursitis.
  10. Contact Joye Law FirmWorkplace Violence
    Violence in the workplace is rare, but it does happen. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 375 workers were killed in shootings while on the job in a single recent year.

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If you have been hurt on the job, it’s important to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. In addition to workers’ comp benefits, you may also be entitled to compensation in a third-party lawsuit against a non-employer who contributed to your accident and injury.

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About the Author

Ken Harrell joined Joye Law Firm in 1994, and has been the managing partner since 2006. With 30 years of experience, he protects the rights of injured South Carolinians, including cases involving workers’ compensation, car accidents, and defective products. Ken also leads the firm’s referral practice, helping to ensure that our clients receive the best possible representation. He is a past president of South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates, and has served as the co-chairman of this organization’s legislative affairs committee for 12 years.

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