Every workplace, from construction sites to small offices, has dangerous conditions and occupational hazards that could leave injured employees unable to work. Fortunately, worker’s compensation insurance provides wage replacement benefits and medical care to workers who have suffered broken bones, repetitive motion injuries, and any other work-related medical condition. Below are some of the most common grounds for worker’s compensation claims.
4 Common Workplace Injuries
1. Overexertion & Repetitive Motion Injuries
Typists, construction contractors, and warehouse workers are especially vulnerable to overexertion and repetitive motion injuries. Back strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and knee problems caused by constant bending and lifting account for over one-third of all worker’s compensation claims.
2. Struck by Moving Objects
Warehouses and construction sites often rely on forklifts, trucks, and other heavy equipment with moving parts. Workers can be struck by equipment components, trapped by a vehicle, or hit by falling tools or scaffolding. These accidents can result in concussions, broken bones, and other serious injuries.
3. Slips and Falls
Falls are among the most common risks for construction workers, who may lose their balance or trip over unsecured tools. However, even office workers can fall down staircases or slip on spills in hallways.
4. Occupational Illnesses
Many industries involve working with dangerous chemicals or other materials that pose a health risk to workers. If you’ve developed dermatitis, respiratory issues, cancer, or another disease because of your working conditions, worker’s compensation should cover the cost of treatment and your lost wages.
Filing a worker’s compensation claim is often a complex, confusing process, which is why injured employees throughout New York’s Orange and Rockland counties turn to Neimark & Neimark. With over 40 years of experience and a team of dedicated attorneys, this law firm has the skills and legal expertise to ensure you get the benefits you deserve. Follow their Twitter for more legal tips and news, and call (888) 725-7424 or visit their website to discuss your workplace injuries with a skilled attorney.