Ganly & Ramer, P.L.L.C.
Free Consultation: 828-348-6957
View Blog Navigation

Common workplace injuries

Staying safe on the job is important for workers in North Carolina. Unsafe workplace conditions can lead to injuries that require expensive hospital treatments and lengthy recovery times. A worker who suffers an injury while on the job may be entitled to a workers' compensation claim that may pay for the entirety of their medical expenses.

One of the most common causes of workplace injuries is overworking. There is nothing wrong with working hard but when a worker becomes fatigued, the likelihood of an accident increases. Working for too long without proper rest can cause fatigue which in turn can decrease concentration, affect decision-making and increase the chances of making a mistake.

Making sure that a workplace is clean and uncluttered is critical for preventing worker injuries. Slips, trips and falls account for a large number of workplace accidents. If a spill is not cleaned up or if equipment is not stored properly, an unsuspecting worker may be injured. Even a fall from a short distance has the potential to cause painful injuries.

When workers try to lift or carry objects that are too heavy, serious injuries can occur. Heavy objects can slip and fall from a worker's grip, causing painful damage when they land on the worker's feet. A worker can sustain a severe back injury by lifting a heavy object intended to be lifted by two or more people. When a work accident leads to an injury, covered workers have the right to file a workers' compensation claim. Workers' compensation is intended to pay for an injured worker's medical bills as well as provide a percentage of earnings that were lost due to the injury.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Top 10 Causes of Workplace Injuries", Christina Hamlett, December 22, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Awards & Professional Memberships:
  • Super Lawyers
  • Distinguished AV LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Avvo Clients Choice