Top 10 Common Workplace Injuries

July 11, 2013

According to the most recent Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety Annual Report, there was a 26.1 percent decrease in work related injury and illness cases reported to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation between 2007 and 2010. This represents a substantial achievement in improving safety standards in the workplace. Nonetheless, it pays to be familiar with the most common workplace injuries, and your rights in those situations.
  • Amputation. If a body part is amputated or it has lost function, you are entitled to compensation for all medical expenses
  • Back injury. These are often caused by heavy lifting, but delays between the aggravating actions and reporting of symptoms often lead employers to deny that the injury is work-related
  • Occupational diseases. The law often accommodates the reality that a substantial amount of time may pass between the exposure to harmful materials or substances and the eventual illness
  • Repetitive stress injury. These injuries arise from the carrying out of work duties on a daily basis over a significant period of time
  • Burns and scars. Workplace injuries that causes a disfigurement of the face or neck entitle you to monetary compensation
  • Head trauma. This can range from a fractured skull to brain damage, and can have many possible symptoms, such as memory loss and personality change
  • Spinal cord injury. Employees that suffer from different types of spinal cord injuries can be permanently disabled, and may be entitled to workers compensation for all medical expenses, such as home modifications and full-time nursing care, as well as lost income
  • Loss of vision or hearing. Monetary compensation may be limited to the period of time that vision or hearing is temporality lost
  • Lower limb injury. Injuries to the leg, knee or ankle are all common at the workplace, and may be caused by accidents or by repetitive stress
  • Nerve or muscle damage. This includes torn ligaments, severed tendons and other types of injuries causing severe pain

Whenever you are injured on the job, it is important you get your injuries properly dealt with by medical professionals.

For more details on the compensation you may be able to claim for a workplace injury, arrange a consultation with an experienced Chester workers compensation lawyer.