It’s more common than you think to suffer from an injury while on the job. Up to 2.5% of workers in the private sector in South Carolina were injured on the job in 2016 and 10.1% of nurses in SC are injured every year.
Be they random incidents or a lack of maintenance on behalf of the employer, there are many common injuries that workers can suffer from while on the job. Here are four of those common injuries so you can take caution the next time you’re clocked in.
- Overextension injuries. Overextension injuries are some of the most common types of injuries, period. Overextension injuries include tendon ruptures and muscle tears due to pulling, lifting, holding, carrying, throwing, and pushing while on the job.
- Slips and trips. Slips and trips are often caused by wet floors or something lying on the floor that shouldn’t be there. It’s crucial to follow safety guidelines as an employer and employee to ensure these types of injuries don’t happen.
- Fall injuries. Fall injuries can be dangerous and even deadly. Workers who supper from fall injuries may fall from elevated roofs, ladders, or stairways due to faulty equipment or failed safety guidelines.
- Reaction injuries. Similar to overextension injuries, reaction injuries are the injuries that are caused by tripping or slipping, but without the fall. For instance, a worker who slipped and caught themselves on a table and injured their arm or elbow has suffered from a reaction injury.
What do I do if I’ve been injured at work?
Many workers will make the mistake of not telling their employer when they’ve been injured at work until they’re no longer able to work. Not only is this detrimental to your workers’ compensation case but also to your wellbeing.
Whether the injury was your fault or not, it’s important to let your employer know when you’ve been injured at work and to seek appropriate medical treatment for your injury. Only a medical professional can determine whether or not you’ve been seriously injured by an accident.
If you’ve been hurt at work and you’re unsure what to do after seeking medical treatment, consider consulting a workers’ compensation lawyer. To learn more about workers’ comp and how it applies to you when you’ve been injured at work, contact the law offices of Best and Flatt for a consultation today.
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