What Are the Most Common Workplace Injuries?
No matter what job field you are in, you could be at risk for suffering an injury while on the job. You could sustain a back injury while lifting objects, slip and fall, and more. If you get hurt on the job you are at risk for loss of income, pain and suffering, and the possibility that you may not be able to work at the same job again. Workplace accidents can happen at any time. However, workplace accidents are sometimes treated differently than a typical accident case.
Common On-the-Job Injuries
The types of injuries that can occur on the job are endless, as each job presents its own risks based on the nature of the work. However, there are some common injuries that occur while on the job, and many of these injuries can occur regardless of whether you work with heavy machinery or work in a cubicle. Such common injuries include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:
- Falls to lower levels (if working at a building site);
- Slip and falls (such as slipping on spilled liquid);
- Back injuries;
- Car accidents (when the job involves driving);
- Being struck by falling objects;
- Being injured by another employee.
Workers’ Compensation Claim v. Personal Injury Claim
While an injury is an injury, the way in which it is dealt with legally is different if the injury is sustained as a result of a workplace accident. In a personal injury lawsuit, the person alleging injuries must prove that someone else is at fault for causing the injuries suffered. However, in a workplace accident, the injured worker does not need to prove that another party is at fault for causing the accident if a workers’ compensation claim has been filed.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system which enables employers and employees to address workplace accidents quickly and fairly. But not every workplace accident will lead to a workers’ compensation claim. As such, it is important to keep the following in mind:
- You may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are considered an employee (independent contractors may not be eligible depending on the particular situation);
- You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit if another employee or individual caused you to suffer an injury while on the job;
- If you receive workers’ compensation benefits, you may not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit; and
- If you file a personal injury lawsuit, you may not be eligible for workers’ compensation. However, every situation is different, and an attorney can help you understand your options.
Because the process for determining your legal rights after suffering a workplace injury can be confusing, you should consider how a legal professional may be able to help you.
Contact Zinda Law Group Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have suffered a workplace injury and would like to know what legal options are available to you, consider contacting a qualified personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Time is of the essence when dealing with any personal injuries resulting from an accident. Call 800-863-5312 today to get started with a 100% free attorney consultation.