Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance plan provided by employers to compensate employees for injuries they receive in the workplace. It was designed to allow workers to collect damages without having to file a lawsuit to prove their employer was negligent. In turn, employers cannot avoid liability by claiming employees were responsible for their own injuries.

workers' compensation injuriesIn 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that more than three million workers’ compensation claims were filed. Nearly one million workers lost some time from work due to their injuries. Workers’ compensation is a complicated area of the law and a Charlotte workers compensation attorney can often help you in your quest for benefits. Here are some of the most common injuries for which workers file workers’ compensation claims.

Slips, Trips and Falls

In 2013, 724 workers in the United States died in slip, trip and fall accidents. Accident awareness did not help improve the statistics. In 2014, the number of fatalities increased to 793. Falling off ladders accounts for 20 percent of all workplace injuries. The types of injuries people commonly suffer from slips, trips and falls include:

  • Spinal injuries. These occur particularly when falling off a ladder. If you fall backward off of a ladder, there is nothing to stop your fall and back injuries and broken hips are common occurrences.
  • Broken arms and wrists. When falling, whether from tripping or slipping, a common reflex is to try and stop the fall by putting forward your hands to try and stop the fall. This results in broken arms and wrists.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Any job that requires repetitive motions can cause injuries. When people make the same motions over and over again, muscles become irritated and subject to damage. Some common workplace repetitive motion injuries include:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome. This is a wrist injury that is frequently found in typists and those who spend their days working with computers. Surgery often solves the problem, but workers lose a few weeks of work.
  • Tendonitis and bursitis. These are conditions that many assembly line workers experience due to the repetitive work associated with their jobs.

More than 325,000 workers annually suffer from sprains, strains or tears caused by job-related repetitive motions.

Workplace Violence

In 2013, more than 400 people were murdered while at work. There is no one workplace or work environment that is safe than another. Violence has occurred in professional offices as well as manufacturing assembly lines. It seems as though no workplace is immune from violence.

If you were injured while working, contact us at Campbell & Associates. We offer a consultation where we will review your case and advise you on what to do next.