Many workers are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer from injuries or medical conditions on the job. While every job is unique, many common injuries can be found in several professions.
To learn whether you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, you may need to learn what injuries or illnesses are applicable. Here’s what you should know:
1. Slip and falls
Likely the biggest cause of worker injuries is slips and falls. No matter where you work, whether in an office or warehouse, there’s always the possibility of a slip-and-fall accident.
Many slips and falls are caused simply by wet floors. Some occur because of oil slicks and icy patches on walkways. While other slips and fall injuries are caused by fallen objects, wires and loose rugs.
2. Strain and overexertion
Overexertion can lead to muscle strain and cramps, which can cause long-term pain and repetitive strain injuries. Over time, these injuries can lead to a loss of productivity. Some common causes of strain and overexertion include:
- Poor lifting techniques
- Repetitive movements and work
- Lifting, pushing or carrying heavy objects
Many companies train their employees on proper and safe practices when dealing with physically taxing activities. This training can help reduce muscle strain and teach workers to take rests and stretch before working. Unfortunately, this is often overlooked and leads to more incidents.
Taking legal action
If you’re injured at work and seeking workers’ compensation benefits, then you need to be aware of your legal rights. By understanding the extent of your available workers’ comp benefits, you may be able to be fully compensated for your injuries.