Most Common Types of Job-Related Injuries

By Pyle Law, June 01 2021 9:50 am
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Most Common Types of Job-Related Injuries

By Pyle Law, June 01 2021 9:50 am
Most Common Types of Job-Related Injuries

Here’s a look at the most common types of work injuries and what to do when you get injured in the workplace. It helps to consult with a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney if you are injured on the job.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), estimates from the most recent Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII) found that the leading causes of work injuries include bodily reaction and overexertion, slips, trips, and falls, and object or equipment contact. 

Bodily Reaction and Overexertion

  • Repetitive Motion: These are microtasks that resulted from strain or stress from a body part due to the task’s repetitive nature, usually without strenuous physical effort.
  • Non-Impact Injuries: These are caused by excessive physical effort, such as activities that involve lifting, throwing, holding, turning, pushing, or carrying.

Slips, Trips, and Falls

  • Injuries that occur when people stop themselves from falling due to trips or slips
  • Injuries that entail falling through surfaces, falling from a malfunctioning or collapsing structure, and falling from structures such as ladders, scaffolding, or roofs, etc. 
  • Falling, slipping, or tripping from a seated position and falling against or onto an object 

Contact with Equipment and Objects

  • Moving objects that can strike workers
  • Workers striking against equipment or objects, including stepping on, bumping into, being thrown onto, kicking at, or being pushed against an object
  • Workers sustaining injuries from vibration or vibrating equipment
  • Workers being struck, crushed, or caught in materials, equipment, or collapsing structures
  • Workers being injured due to pressure or friction between the injury’s source and the worker
  • A worker’s body part being crushed, pinched, squeezed, or compressed in equipment, a rope or wire, stationary objects, or shifting objects

What You Should Do After Getting Injured at Work

You should be aware that all states require employers to provide employees with workers’ compensation insurance coverage. With some exceptions, injuries occurring at work or while working for the employer will be covered by workers’ comp insurance. Your number one priority is to seek proper medical care, even if you don’t think that your injury is serious. 

If your injury required emergency treatment, you will still need to be treated by a physician approved by your employer. Otherwise, you’ll only be compensated for $500 in medical care. Next, you should report the accident to your employer and then file your workers’ compensation insurance claim right away. In Kansas, the filing deadline is 20 days after the incident, and if you miss it, you will become ineligible, under law, to recover workers’ comp benefits. 

It is, however, immensely vital to note that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider isn’t on your side. Yes, your employer may be lovely and fantastic, but insurance providers call most, if not all of, the shots when it comes to compensation claims, and they will go to great lengths to avoid paying out large compensation amounts for injured workers just like you. They’re also not above using intimidation and deflection tactics to undervalue your claim. 

Contact a Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorney Now

If you’re unsatisfied with how the insurance adjuster is handling your claim, it’s best to speak to a Kansas workers’ compensation attorney before signing anything and accepting a low settlement from the insurer. This is especially true if you’ve sustained serious or life-changing injuries. Contact Pyle Law and schedule your free claim review by filling out our online form or calling us at 620-374-9299. 

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