Common Job Site Accidents
The possibility of an employee suffering an injury on the job continuously looms. So much so that a type of insurance had to be put in place for businesses to compensate employees injured on the job without having to go through a personal injury lawsuit. This workplace insurance, commonly known as worker’s compensation, is readily available for many American workers.
Although injuries are fairly common, most do not expect to be injured on the job. Many places of employment go out of their way to ensure that buildings and equipment adhere to the necessary safety codes for a safe work environment. With that said, hundreds of work related injuries are still sustained each day. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 1,153,490 total non-fatal work-related injuries sustained in 2015. These injuries ranged from bruises and scrapes to sprains and tears and kept the injured out of work for an average of eight days.
Work-related injuries are very inconvenient circumstances that can come as a result of various circumstances. They may be random occurrences, but there are some work-related injuries that happen more often than others.
Overexertion refers to when an individual’s body has been worked to the point where a lift, pull, push, or throw can cause an injury. This usually results in a sprain, strain, or tear which accounts for 37% of occupational injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overexertion is the cause of the most common injuries suffered by American workers.
Fall to Lower Level
Falls to a lower level refers to falling from a ladder, roof, or down a flight of stairs. This can happen to anyone from construction workers to roofers to any stock job that may require ascending to a high level. This is very common and can lead to a myriad of injuries that can be either minor or fatal.
Slip or Trip and Falls
A large majority of slip, trip, and fall cases come as a result of an employee slipping on a wet floor. This affects a wide variety of workers as a slip, trip, and fall can occur virtually anywhere. Security guards and groundskeepers are most likely to trip and fall as their job requires them to continuously survey an area during the night and day.
If you have suffered any of these injuries while performing work duties, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation. At Gillick, Wicht, Gillick & Graf, we have a proven history of successfully recovering losses for employees who have suffered occupational injuries. We have been “the injured worker’s law firm” for over 65 years and continue to protect Wisconsin workers’ rights today. We understand that you may be in need of legal representation during this tough time. Call us at 414-257-2667 to speak to a worker’s compensation attorney in Milwaukee today for a free consultation. There are no fees until you get paid.
You have a claim if you suffered a loss because of a job-related injury. This means that, to get worker’s compensation, you have to show three things: