Common Workplace Accidents & Injuries

Serious workplace injuries occur more frequently than you might be aware of. In fact, 3.3 million people suffer workplace injuries that they never fully recover from. Although an accident can happen at any time, it is the responsibility of the employer to maintain a safe work environment. Employers are also required to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover workplace injuries. Despite this requirement, some injured workers end up having their injury claim denied.

At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, we are committed to helping injured workers obtain the compensation that they are entitled to. In this blog, we talk about common workplace injuries that employees tend to suffer and how to prevent them.

Violent Attacks

Office politics and other disagreements at work can lead to violent confrontations that might result with serious physical injuries. Keeping an eye out for suspicious activities and being diligent around employees who might be violent can help limit violent attacks at work.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Typing and frequently using computers can cause back pain, vision problems, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Using ergonomic equipment can reduce injuries that result from repetitive motions.

Walking Into Injuries

Employees accidently walking into solid objects like walls, doors, and windows during the course of their work can cause head, knee, neck, and foot injuries. Keeping workspaces free form clutter can reduce these accidents and injuries.

Falling Object Injuries

Employees working in storage areas with large shelfs need to watch out for falling objects. Accidents caused by falling objects tend to result with serious head injuries. Like other injuries on this list, keeping workspaces clear of dangerous objects and using proper safety equipment can help keep workers safe.

Slipping/Tripping Injuries

Wet and slippery floors often cause workers to slip, while debris and dirty work areas tend to lead to tripping accidents. Employees need to pay close attention to what is going on around them and should adhere to cleaning and safety procedures that will make their work environment safer.

Have you been injured at work? Has your employer denied your workers’ compensation claim? Contact our New York City workers’ comp lawyers to get started on your free consultation.