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What Are the Most Common On-the-Job Injuries?

Companies are required to make sure their facilities are safe for employees. Even with many safety precautions in place, injuries may still occur. Employees are generally covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Some types of injuries are more common than others while on the job. The type of work that you do also play a part in the types of injuries that might occur. If you were hurt while working you may want to seek help from a qualified Savannah workers’ compensation attorney to assist you through the process.

Overexertion Injuries

Overexertion injuries are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. These include such injuries as sprains and strains that are caused by lifting heavy items or by lifting in an inappropriate manner. Back injuries are very common in the workplace.

Back injuries can start out rather slowly and you may not immediately realize that you hurt your back. Later, the injuries become more apparent. You may have suffered injuries to your muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Soft tissue injuries such as these can cause pain and discomfort and may take some time to heal completely.

Another type of back injury occurs to the spine or discs of the back. These can rupture or become damaged. When they do, a full evaluation will determine the extent of the injuries and the treatment that is necessary. Sometimes a back injury may require surgery. Other times, rest will resolve the immediate problem but you may not be able to do the heavy lifting.

Slip and Fall Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slip and fall accidents in the workplace are among the leading cause of workers’ compensation claims. Falls can occur on the same level or from a height above level. You may also fall down the stairs. The types of injuries sustained due to falls are varied. Some of the most common injuries include sprains and strains, broken bones and contusions. The most serious injuries are those to the head and back.

Head trauma occurs when the head hits a hard surface such as can occur when you fall. You could suffer a concussion but the most severe injury is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This happens when the brain hits against the inside of the skull causing it to bleed. If the injury isn’t promptly treated it can result in permanent brain damage or death.

If you were injured at work it is essential that you seek medical treatment immediately. Report the injury to your supervisor or to your human resources department. Then, visit the doctor or hospital for immediate diagnosis and treatment. Your employer should provide you with a list of doctors where you can get medical attention through their workers’ compensation insurance plan.

If you were hurt on the job, we can help you with your workers’ compensation claim. Contact our Savannah workers’ compensation attorneys at The Bader Law Firm to discuss your work injury in a free case evaluation

Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.

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