6 Common Causes of Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Most of us don’t head off to work wondering if we’ll get hurt on the job and yet, every day thousands of employees suffer work–related injuries that require medical attention and can result in long–term pain, need for medical treatment, and loss of wages. Being injured on the job is stressful and the laws and regulations governing workers’ compensation claims can be confusing. If you have been hurt or are suffering from a disability that you believe is related to your job, it’s best to contact an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation cases.

In addition to repetitive stress injuries discussed above, here are six other common causes of workplace injury:

  1. Slip and Fall Injuries – this category represents most of the workers’ compensation claims in the U.S. These injuries can happen when there are uneven surfaces in the workplace or if there has been a spill that makes a floor slippery or an object obstructing your path. Injuries caused by slips and falls can range from minor cuts to broken bones and serious traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
  2. Motor Vehicle Accidents – driving any type of vehicle for work–related purposes can lead to a motor vehicle accident. The accident need not take place on the premises. If you are driving for work and get into an accident you may also be eligible for workers’ compensation.
  3. Machinery Accidents – many jobs involve the use of heavy equipment or machines for manufacturing, demolition, or other tasks.
  4. Falling Objects – almost every workplace has this danger present. This can include items falling off shelves in a store, a file cabinet tipping over, or falling construction site debris.
  5. Toxic Exposure – this is a risk of you working with dangerous chemicals or caustic substances. These include industrial–grade cleaning products and lawn care treatments.
  6. Burns – injuries sustained from hot surfaces, open flames, and caustic chemicals all fall into this category.

Although these are the most common types of workers’ compensation injuries, any event at or related to your job that injures or causes disability should be discussed with an attorney to determine if you are entitled to compensation.

If you or a family member have been injured on the job in a construction site accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other work–related incident The Law Offices of Brian H. Sumrall – Atlanta’s Workers’ Compensation Attorney--is where you should turn. Our expert legal team will handle your claim to help you recover lost wages and also file workers’ compensation appeals as needed. Get the compensation you need to cover your expenses and take care of yourself and your family. Call 404-857-3835 24/7 for your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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