When you consider eligible claims for workers’ compensation, you may think in terms of broken bones resulting from a fall from scaffolding or a brain injury due to a collision on the job site.
You are partially right, but there are other frequent causes of workplace injuries and the results may surprise you.
According to the results of a survey of more than 1.5 million workers undertaken by The Travelers Companies, strains and sprains are the most common injuries experienced in the workplace. The 2016 Injury Impact Report listed the top injuries based on workers’ compensation claims submitted over a five-year period:
- Strains and sprains: 30%
- Punctures or cuts: 19%
- Contusions: 12%
- Inflammation: 5%
- Fractures: 5%
Keep in mind that eye injuries are common in both the construction and manufacturing industries. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that roughly 2,000 workers in the U.S. suffer eye injuries that require medical attention every day. About one-third of these injuries receive treatment in emergency rooms around the country.
Small particles that scrape the eye, such as dust, wood chips or metal slivers, cause many of the injuries. More severe injuries result from an object like a nail or wood sliver penetrating the eyeball or from a chemical burn that damages the eye and the surrounding tissue.
Certain types of jobs are more dangerous than others, so it pays to stay alert. There are five frequent causes of injuries as posted in the Injury Impact Report:
- Material handling: 32% of total claims submitted
- Slips, trips and falls: 16%
- Colliding with an object: 10%
- Accidents caused by use of tools: 7%
- Conditions that occur over time, such as a repetitive motion injury
An insurance company may attempt to deny a claim or offer reduced compensation. You have the right to fight for the compensation you deserve.