While we have come a long way with workplace safety, accidents still happen at work. Most employers prioritize the health and safety of their employees and want to protect their well-being and ensure that business operations run smoothly. However, not all do, and some take shortcuts to save money.
Regardless of the precautions taken, employees have rights when an accident happens at work. Under Massachusetts law, employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to help employees recover and return to work after suffering an injury or illness while on the job.
Workers’ compensation has been a long-standing key element in workplace culture and safety. In exchange for giving up their right to sue their employers, injured workers are given certain protections while they are out of work due to a workplace injury, including reimbursement of lost wages and coverage of medical benefits. You may be entitled to these workers’ compensation benefits if you have suffered an injury in a workplace accident. To ensure you receive the help you need, consult with the dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys at Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers for free.
While some workplace injuries are rare, some are common. Here are the top 5 most common workers’ compensation injuries:
Top 5 Workplace Injuries
- Strains: Strains happen when a tendon or muscle is torn or stretched. This commonly occurs when workers perform repetitive tasks such as lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy items. These make up 30.06% of workers’ compensation claims.
- Contusions: Contusions are bruising that may occur after a bump to the body or a fall. Although most bruises are not a cause for concern, if you experience swelling, bruising, or severe pain within 30 minutes of suffering an injury, seek medical help immediately. Contusions make up 20.83% of workers’ compensation claims.
- Lacerations: Lacerations, or cuts, can occur for several reasons, including when a worker misuses tools, slips a body party into a machine or operates machines that have not been maintained. A cluttered environment, or one with poor lighting, can increase the chances of workplace lacerations. Lacerations make up 11.79% of workers’ compensation claims.
- Sprains: Unlike strains, sprains occur when a ligament is torn or stretched. In addition to performing repetitive tasks like lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy objects, strains can occur when having an awkward posture or reaching overhead. Strains and sprains often occur together.
- Punctures: Workers can suffer puncture wounds by handling sharp tools such as knives, scissors, nails, glass, or splintered surfaces.
We’re Committed to Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workplace accidents are almost always unexpected and can devastate you and your family physically, emotionally, and financially. Often, injured workers are denied the workers’ compensation benefits they need and deserve, adding insult to injury.
At Jeffrey Glassman Injury Lawyers, we will thoroughly review your workers’ compensation case and advocate for you every step of the way. We’ll deal with the insurance company so you can focus on your recovery. Speak with us today for free – we won’t get paid until you do.
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