Most Common Causes of Work Injuries

A worker can be injured in a many different ways while on the job. In 2017 alone, there were 2.8 million reported work injuries in the United States. A workplace injury can happen due to the negligence of the employee or some can be caused by the fault of the employer for having an unsafe working environment or inadequate training. Not only is it the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, each employee also has a responsibility to themselves and to their coworkers to take appropriate caution when on the job.

Loss of wages after a workplace injury can be devastating for a family. Having the right workers’ compensation lawyers to fight for your rights and the benefits you deserve can help keep a family safe and financially secure. The Charleston workers’ compensation lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm have handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases. Let us use our experience to help you through yours.

Top 10 Causes of Work-Related Injuries

Here are the top 10 causes of work-related injuries:

1. Intentional Violent Acts: Recent data indicates that intentional workplace violence is on the rise. Over 2 million people report having suffered workplace violence every year. Workplace violence is the second leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States, with automobile accidents being the number one cause. Majority of workplace injuries are caused by intentional violence in the healthcare industry. In the last year that data is available, there were over 10,000 reported work injuries caused by violent acts. The other industries where violent work injuries happen are seen in trade, transportation, utilities and retail trade.

2. Repetitive Motion Injuries: Each year, nearly two-thirds of occupational injuries can be traced back to some form of repetitive motion, movement or activity. Repetitive motion such as typing, improper posture in using the computer, repetitive bending or twisting, or repetitive hand and arm movements can strain muscles and tendons causing physical injuries. For example, in the last year that data is available, there were 130,000 work-related carpal tunnel release surgeries performed in the United States.

3. Machine Entanglement: Machine entanglement can occur in industries where employees are engaged with machines that have a lot of moving parts. Often, these accidents are caused when clothing or work garments are caught in the machine pulling the employee’s body parts into it. Sometimes these incidents are caused by inadequate guarding of the moving parts of the machine. This can sometimes be a function of the unsafe design of the machine by its manufacturer. Other times the employer can remove certain guards due an effort to be more efficient, but causing an unsafe environment. In some instances, employees are not trained in properly locking out/tagging out procedures and machines are accidentally turned on.

4. Motor Vehicle Accidents: Employees who frequently drive for business purposes are often injured in auto accidents, some of which can be fatal. Whether it be a delivery driver, long haul truck driver, mail man or a forklift driver in a warehouse, these types of crashes happen often. Hundreds of thousands of workers are involved in automobile or truck accidents every year in the United States. Automobile crashes are the number one cause of work-related fatalities, with 25,000 reported deaths on the job from 2012 to 2016.

5. Walking Into Injuries: Not paying attention of one’s surroundings and colliding with something causes a significant amount of work injuries every year. This happens when a person accidentally runs into hard objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs, etc. Injuries to the head, knees, neck and feet are common results.

6. Falling Objects: Objects that fall from shelves or are dropped by another person can cause very serious injuries. Head injuries are a common result of this type of accident.

7. Reaction Injuries: These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling. These incidents can cause muscle injuries, body trauma and a variety of other medical issues.

8. Falls: Falling from a dangerous height can cause serious injuries, even heights that one would not think of as threatening. A four feet fall can cause a fatality depending upon how the worker lands and whether their head is struck. In most recent data, there were over 10,000 work-related fall injuries that required the employee to lose time from work.

9. Slips, Trips and Falls: Slips, trips and falls can occur as a result of many factors like, poorly maintained premises, spills, or uneven pavement or other walking surface. Of the over 800,000 non-fatal work injuries that occur in the United States each year, 26 percent of them are caused by slip, trips and falls.

10. Overexertion Injuries: This category of injury is when a worker is either lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing while overexerting themselves, causing injury to muscles, ligaments and tendons. Overexertion injuries cost businesses $15.08 billion in direct costs and accounted for nearly a quarter of the overall national injury burden.

What Should You Do Now?

If you are one of the unfortunate Americans who have suffered one of the above injuries, you should have a team of experienced South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers on your side. The attorneys and staff at the Steinberg Law Firm will aggressively represent you from the initial phone call to investigating the accident and making sure you are paid the appropriate compensation that you deserve.

We will assist you with:

  • Explaining the work injury laws in South Carolina and what types of benefits you deserve;
  • Gathering all of the appropriate documentation such as accident/injury reports from the employer, medical records and witness statements before we draft and file your claim with the workers’ compensation judge;
  • We will figure out how much your wage benefits should be and explain how your weekly wage benefits are calculated;
  • Determine if you are owed any lost wages and, if so, how much, along with calculating the appropriate interest on past due wages;
  • Preparing you to testify at hearings before the judge, if necessary, along with any witnesses that are required to prove your claim;
  • Hire and take the depositions of any treating physicians or medical experts that will be necessary to prove that your disability is related to a provable work injury;
  • Ensure that all of your work-related medical bills are paid, including any money for possible future treatment that might be necessary;
  • When the right time comes, negotiating with the insurance company for a fair and honest settlement of your claim to ensure you are fully compensated for your medical bills and lost wages and lost earning capacity going into the future;
  • If your disability is permanent, making sure that you and your family will be fully taken care of in the future.

If you are injured at work, the best thing to do is to contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm. We have helped hundreds of thousands of injured workers get the benefits they deserve and helped to protect them and their families from financial ruin. There is no downside to contacting us to help you with your work injury claim. The initial consultation is free and all of our cases are taken on a contingency plan. Get the firm behind you.

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

Most Common Causes of Work Injuries

A worker can be injured in a many different ways while on the job. In 2017 alone, there were 2.8 million reported work injuries in the United States. A workplace injury can happen due to the negligence of the employee or some can be caused by the fault of the employer for having an unsafe working environment or inadequate training. Not only is it the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment, each employee also has a responsibility to themselves and to their coworkers to take appropriate caution when on the job.

Loss of wages after a workplace injury can be devastating for a family. Having the right workers’ compensation lawyers to fight for your rights and the benefits you deserve can help keep a family safe and financially secure. The Charleston workers’ compensation lawyers at Steinberg Law Firm have handled thousands of workers’ compensation cases. Let us use our experience to help you through yours.

Top 10 Causes of Work-Related Injuries

Here are the top 10 causes of work-related injuries:

1. Intentional Violent Acts: Recent data indicates that intentional workplace violence is on the rise. Over 2 million people report having suffered workplace violence every year. Workplace violence is the second leading cause of work-related deaths in the United States, with automobile accidents being the number one cause. Majority of workplace injuries are caused by intentional violence in the healthcare industry. In the last year that data is available, there were over 10,000 reported work injuries caused by violent acts. The other industries where violent work injuries happen are seen in trade, transportation, utilities and retail trade.

2. Repetitive Motion Injuries: Each year, nearly two-thirds of occupational injuries can be traced back to some form of repetitive motion, movement or activity. Repetitive motion such as typing, improper posture in using the computer, repetitive bending or twisting, or repetitive hand and arm movements can strain muscles and tendons causing physical injuries. For example, in the last year that data is available, there were 130,000 work-related carpal tunnel release surgeries performed in the United States.

3. Machine Entanglement: Machine entanglement can occur in industries where employees are engaged with machines that have a lot of moving parts. Often, these accidents are caused when clothing or work garments are caught in the machine pulling the employee’s body parts into it. Sometimes these incidents are caused by inadequate guarding of the moving parts of the machine. This can sometimes be a function of the unsafe design of the machine by its manufacturer. Other times the employer can remove certain guards due an effort to be more efficient, but causing an unsafe environment. In some instances, employees are not trained in properly locking out/tagging out procedures and machines are accidentally turned on.

4. Motor Vehicle Accidents: Employees who frequently drive for business purposes are often injured in auto accidents, some of which can be fatal. Whether it be a delivery driver, long haul truck driver, mail man or a forklift driver in a warehouse, these types of crashes happen often. Hundreds of thousands of workers are involved in automobile or truck accidents every year in the United States. Automobile crashes are the number one cause of work-related fatalities, with 25,000 reported deaths on the job from 2012 to 2016.

5. Walking Into Injuries: Not paying attention of one’s surroundings and colliding with something causes a significant amount of work injuries every year. This happens when a person accidentally runs into hard objects such as walls, doors, cabinets, glass windows, table, chairs, etc. Injuries to the head, knees, neck and feet are common results.

6. Falling Objects: Objects that fall from shelves or are dropped by another person can cause very serious injuries. Head injuries are a common result of this type of accident.

7. Reaction Injuries: These are injuries caused by slipping and tripping without falling. These incidents can cause muscle injuries, body trauma and a variety of other medical issues.

8. Falls: Falling from a dangerous height can cause serious injuries, even heights that one would not think of as threatening. A four feet fall can cause a fatality depending upon how the worker lands and whether their head is struck. In most recent data, there were over 10,000 work-related fall injuries that required the employee to lose time from work.

9. Slips, Trips and Falls: Slips, trips and falls can occur as a result of many factors like, poorly maintained premises, spills, or uneven pavement or other walking surface. Of the over 800,000 non-fatal work injuries that occur in the United States each year, 26 percent of them are caused by slip, trips and falls.

10. Overexertion Injuries: This category of injury is when a worker is either lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing while overexerting themselves, causing injury to muscles, ligaments and tendons. Overexertion injuries cost businesses $15.08 billion in direct costs and accounted for nearly a quarter of the overall national injury burden.

What Should You Do Now?

If you are one of the unfortunate Americans who have suffered one of the above injuries, you should have a team of experienced South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers on your side. The attorneys and staff at the Steinberg Law Firm will aggressively represent you from the initial phone call to investigating the accident and making sure you are paid the appropriate compensation that you deserve.

We will assist you with:

  • Explaining the work injury laws in South Carolina and what types of benefits you deserve;
  • Gathering all of the appropriate documentation such as accident/injury reports from the employer, medical records and witness statements before we draft and file your claim with the workers’ compensation judge;
  • We will figure out how much your wage benefits should be and explain how your weekly wage benefits are calculated;
  • Determine if you are owed any lost wages and, if so, how much, along with calculating the appropriate interest on past due wages;
  • Preparing you to testify at hearings before the judge, if necessary, along with any witnesses that are required to prove your claim;
  • Hire and take the depositions of any treating physicians or medical experts that will be necessary to prove that your disability is related to a provable work injury;
  • Ensure that all of your work-related medical bills are paid, including any money for possible future treatment that might be necessary;
  • When the right time comes, negotiating with the insurance company for a fair and honest settlement of your claim to ensure you are fully compensated for your medical bills and lost wages and lost earning capacity going into the future;
  • If your disability is permanent, making sure that you and your family will be fully taken care of in the future.

If you are injured at work, the best thing to do is to contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at the Steinberg Law Firm. We have helped hundreds of thousands of injured workers get the benefits they deserve and helped to protect them and their families from financial ruin. There is no downside to contacting us to help you with your work injury claim. The initial consultation is free and all of our cases are taken on a contingency plan. Get the firm behind you.

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$2,750,000 in a product defect case, scissor lift malfunction.

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