Every year in the United States, several million people sustain injuries on the job. Many of these people never fully recover from their injuries. Fortunately, our North Carolina workers’ compensation system can help workers who get injured on the job.
Potential benefits include covered medical expenses, temporary and permanent disability payments, and death benefits for next of kin.
While any injury can occur, some happen more often than others. Here is a look at the 10 most common workplace injuries in North Carolina.
Employees who have a job that requires regular pulling, lifting, or pushing, are at risk for overexertion injuries.
This type of injury occurs when a joint moves beyond its normal range. Tears and strains are some of the most common types of overexertion injuries.
Construction workers, commercial truck drivers, movers, and factory workers are a few professions that often have workers’ compensation claims for overexertion injuries.
Falling to a Lower Level
Falls of any kind are dangerous, especially when they involve falling from a ladder or down the stairs. Falls involving elevations are another common workplace accident in North Carolina.
Maintenance workers, construction workers, window washers, and other workers who typically work from heights are the most susceptible to these types of injuries.
Trip and Falls or Slip and Falls
Tripping over something or slipping on a slick floor can occur to any worker. However, the most common professions include health care workers, grocery store employees, and restaurant workers.
Spills or freshly mopped floors can be especially hazardous for workers. Insurance companies tend to undervalue or even deny slip and fall claims in personal injury cases.
The same can happen with workers’ compensation claims. This situation is when you need a North Carolina workplace injury lawyer on your side.
Being Hit by an Object
Falling objects can hit workers in numerous types of professions. Perhaps you are struck by a box falling off a warehouse shelf, or cargo falls while being loaded, etc.
Workers being struck by objects account for many workplace accidents. They also account for some fatal accidents. If the object is heavy and the worker is standing below, it can cause a severe head injury.
The term bodily reaction refers to when an employee suddenly moves to avoid something happening. In the process, they sustain an injury such as spraining a muscle or twisting something.
People who have physically demanding jobs are more prone to bodily reaction injuries, such as nurses or manual laborers.
Some workers, such as commercial truck drivers, movers, delivery drivers, sales representatives, and police officers, drive as part of their regular daily job duties.
Other employees have to drive periodically for their job. Perhaps their boss asks them to pick something up or deliver something to a client.
If you are in the course and scope of your employment at the time of an accident, you can file a workers’ compensation claim for your injuries.
Falling Into an Object
Workers can also fall into objects rather than objects falling on them. An example would be if an employee was pushed into an object when falling or landing on machinery equipment, shelving units, etc.
These accidents can also occur when an employee is distracted and walks into an object, such as a door, glass window, chair, or even another person.
Falling into an object injuries can range from mild sprains and contusions to more severe injuries. They also often involve the head, neck, knee, or foot.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Employees who work on assembly lines, sit at a computer all day, or perform any other repetitive movements as part of their job are at risk for repetitive stress injuries.
Any work that requires you to perform routine motions over and over again can result in repetitive stress injuries over time.
These injuries involve damage to your nerves, tendons, muscles, and even spinal discs. Complaints include hand, arm, neck, and shoulder pain.
Two examples of potential work-related repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
Workers who operate machinery and equipment in manufacturing plants and factories are most at risk for machine accident claims.
Equipment can entrap an employee’s hand or foot and crush it or mutilate it. In some cases, the employee may lose a limb from the accident.
Machinery accidents tend to be severe to catastrophic and involve permanent disability claims.
All equipment should undergo regular safety checks, and all employees should undergo training for safety protocols.
You don’t necessarily equate workplace violence with workers’ compensation claims, but workplace violence can happen anywhere at any time. Sadly, workplace violence counts as one of the most common work-related injuries.
Workplace violence can be something such as verbal abuse, or it can be a physical attack. Some workplace violence incidents result in one or more deaths.
Some businesses may be at higher risk for violence. Examples are banks that exchange money with customers, bars where alcohol is served, or prison or mental hospital workers.
Other professions such as delivery drivers and public service workers have seen workplace violence incidents as well.
Contact a North Carolina Workplace Injury Lawyer
If you suffered an injury during the course and scope of your employment, you need to speak with an experienced North Carolina workplace injury lawyer as soon as possible.
In some instances, you may have a third-party claim against someone other than your employer. This claim is in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits.
Workplace injury claims can be complex. This is especially true if your employer denies workers’ compensation benefits or tries to force you back to work before you are physically able.
At Mehta & McConnell, we have years of experience assisting injured workers just like you get the benefits and compensation they deserve.