Did you know that, according to the National Security Council (NSC), 25,000 employees slip, trip, and fall on the job in any given day? Workplace accidents and injuries can devastate personal finances, result in life-altering disabilities, and leave employees unable to work. What are some of the most common workplace injuries, and what can workers expect from the claims and benefits process?

What Causes Injuries?

Getting hurt on the job is fairly common. In fact, just last year, three million employees reported some level of non-fatal injury or physical harm, according to the Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII). The NSC reveals that slips, trips, and falls, although common, only make up 15% of all work-related accidents.

One of the most common ways of getting hurt at work is improper lifting. Improper lifting often results in back strain or injury over time. Workers are also likely to be struck by objects and debris, or suffer from electricity and shock-related injuries.

Workers’ Compensation: A Step-By-Step Process

What happens if you get hurt at work? Getting workers’ compensation depends on carefully and accurately documenting injuries. Take the following steps after getting hurt on the job:

  • Report all injuries, including seemingly minor strains and pains. Minor injuries can easily become worse. Failing to report the early stages of pain can hurt personal injury claims. Report back pain if you experience pain that comes and goes, dull pain, sharp pain, aching, tingling, inflamed muscles, tightening, or muscle weakness and fatigue.
  • Report injuries in a timely fashion. Report injuries right away. Do not wait. Keep a paper trail of the original report and any relevant medical bills or receipts.
  • Know the basics. Employees are eligible for workers’ compensation only if injures and illnesses result from work-related tasks. Employees receiving workers’ compensation benefits voluntarily forego rights to sue employers for negligence or tort.

Getting hurt on the job can be incredibly serious. Know what constitutes a work related injury, and make sure to report injuries, minor and otherwise, as soon as possible.

 

 


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