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The Five Most Common Workplace Injuries

by | Feb 24, 2014 | Workers' Compensation

If you are injured in New York at your workplace, you have the right to seek compensation. Don’t hesitate to contact a lawyer right away if you want to learn more about these rights. You can report your injury without fear of retaliation from your employer, because you are protected by statutes created by both the federal and state governments. These are some of the most common workplace injuries that individuals encounter:

Musculoskeletal injuries affect about 37% of all workers. These injuries affect the back, neck, shoulders, or limbs of the victim. There are many ways that musculoskeletal injuries can occur, but in the workplace they are normally a result of overexertion or of lifting heavy objects. Interestingly enough, those that work at desk jobs can also suffer musculoskeletal injuries from typing continuously, and from other job-related tasks.

Repetitive motion injuries also affect many workers in the U.S. The repetitive motion typically results in a musculoskeletal injury, meaning that the above topic and this one are related. Sometimes repetitive motion injuries can lead to permanent injuries such as carpal tunnel. Those that type continuously may suffer this ailment, or those that are working in a factory and doing the same motion over and over again can also suffer a repetitive motion injury.

Motor vehicle accidents can also happen on-the-job. Many people drive for a living and accidents that occur while they are on-the-clock can be the workplace’s liability. If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident during work hours while doing a work job, then it is highly recommended that you report this injury.

Slip and fall injuries are possible whether you work in a posh office or at a chaotic warehouse. If you slip and fall, suffering significant injuries, then you need an attorney at the firm to assist you in your case. You need to report your injuries right away and explain what happened. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means that even if you were primarily at fault for the slip and fall incident, you may still be able to seek compensation.

Injury by machinery or an object is another common incident which results in serious injuries. Employees should report any dangerous equipment, machinery or objects to their employers and seek compensation for any injuries affiliated.

If you have been harmed by one of the above injuries, don’t hesitate to get Katz, Leidman, Freund & Herman involved. Call this New York worker’s compensation firm today to learn more!