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Some of the Most Common Workers’ Compensation Claims and their Causes

In both private and public businesses in the United States, a total of nearly 3.7 million workers are injured every year.  Businesses end up spending a total of approximately $170 billion per year on the expenses and costs associated with workplace injuries and illnesses.  Some common injuries experienced by workers while on the job include strains and sprains, and worker injuries are most often caused by incidents involving the handling of materials.  These are just some of the findings set forth in the Injury Impact Report issued by a large workers’ compensation insurance carrier in the United States.  The report identified some of the most frequent workplace injuries, the top causes of workplace accidents, and the injuries with the greatest severity.  Data from nearly 1.5 million workers’ compensation claims from various industries and businesses that were filed between the years 2010 and 2014 was assessed and analyzed.

Top Injuries Associated with Workers’ Compensation Claims

The top workers’ compensation injuries tend to be the following:

  • Sprains and Strains
  • Punctures or Cuts
  • Contusions
  • Fractures
  • Inflammation

Workplace Injuries and their Most Frequent Causes

As mentioned above, one frequent cause of workplace injuries is the handling of materials.  Trips and falls and slips that happen on the job are also very common causes of worker injury.  After trips and slip and falls, accidents that involve tools and those involving a collision or a worker being struck by an object are frequent causes of injury.

Typically, fractures and inflammation injuries result in the most time off from work – usually more than ninety days of lost time for inflammation injuries, whereas strains and sprains might cause a worker to miss an average of almost sixty work days.  Puncture and cut injuries might result in an average of nearly twenty-five missed days of work.

Some other findings on worker injuries include the following:

  • Falls from heights were some of the top causes of injury in retail and construction jobs.
  • Accidents involving material handling were common in the manufacturing and retail industries. Material handling can include the lowering, lifting, carrying, filling, or emptying an item.
  • Eye injuries were some of the most common types of injuries in the construction and manufacturing industries.
  • Motor vehicle accidents were a frequent cause of injury in the oil and gas industry.

Workplace injuries can occur at any time, anywhere, and regardless of the business size or the industry.  Being aware of common workplace injuries and their root causes can assist businesses and companies in the development of workplace safety practices.  Generally, the most common types of workplace injuries can be prevented through the use of property safety measures, if any safety issues are addressed promptly and properly, and if employers work to ensure a culture of safety in the workplace and amongst employees.

Seasoned and Skilled Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in California

If you or someone you love has suffered from workplace injuries or illness, particularly if the accident happened in the Hemet, San Bernardino, or Inland Empire areas, it is possible that you are entitled to obtain workers’ compensation benefits under California’s workers’ compensation law.  Albert E. Hirst, III has extensive experience dealing with the workers’ compensation claims in California and he has the knowledge and the resources necessary to help you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.  Call our office today at (909) 885-7190 to schedule your free initial consultation and find out what we can do to help you.