No one ever wants to need a good personal injury lawyer…but unfortunately some of us will at some point benefit from the advice of an experienced one. Personal injury refers to the legal term for injury caused to the body, mind, or emotions and there’s a huge realm of what exists within those injuries. Accidents can cause life-altering injuries in just a split second. Many people don’t understand the seriousness of some common overuse injuries that can be as equally debilitating as one-time accidents.
The Department of Labor & Industries showed that 95% of all claims paid for by the department are for 7 types of claims involving serious injuries to employees. This means the employees were hurt so badly they had to take time off work to recover, had to change jobs, or were permanently disabled.
Top 7 serious injuries to employees:
- Caught in/under/between. This is when a part of the body is squeezed, pinched or crushed in machinery. So if you don’t work around heavy machinery you can rest easy on this one.
- Falls from elevation. This includes falls from ladders, roofs or other elevated surfaces. Have you ever read the warning label on a ladder? Because ladders are such risky items, there are strict requirements on those yellow attention-drawing labels.
- Fall at same level. This includes slips, trips and falls on flat surfaces. They don’t sound all that dangerous but they are. Slips, trips and falls aren’t only caused at the workplace, but they can happen anytime and anywhere – when you’re grocery shopping or briefly stepping out to walk the dog. And they’re very common in the elderly in the elderly as well. Slips, trips and falls can lead to a premise liability case where the property owner may be responsible for your injury.
- Struck by/against. This means impacting a part of the body against something or hit by a moving or flying objects, or by noise which impacts the ear drum. Construction workers, industry workers and laborers are more commonly exposed to this danger.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Traffic accidents are also the number one common cause for death due to accidents, not just in the workplace, but in general. This stresses the importance of good, safe driving training and habits as well as proper vehicle maintenance.
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities. This includes the the knees, ankles and feet. (See #7 below for more details. )
- Musculoskeletal Injuries of Upper Body (Neck, back and arms). What are those exactly? Musculoskeletal injuries are a group of painful disorders of muscles, tendons, and nerves. Carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, thoracic outlet syndrome, and tension neck syndrome are examples of upper body work-related MSDs. Work activities which are frequent and repetitive, or activities with awkward postures cause these disorders which may be painful during work or at rest. These injuries can occur from overexertion, kneeling, squatting, or other repetitive motion, lifting, awkward posture, hand pinching or gripping or vibration.
People often think of workers’ compensation when they‘re dealing with workplace injuries. But you may not know there are other claims and in some cases negligent parties responsible for your injuries. The term “Personal Injury” is most commonly used to refer to a type of tort lawsuit alleging that the plaintiff’s injury has been caused by the negligence of another. Damages can include bodily injury and negligent infliction of emotional distress to name a few.
If you’ve recently been the victim of a serious injury you probably have a lot on your plate at the moment. For a free consultation regarding your injury and your options, contact a personal injury lawyer. The law offices of Barry Nelson have been helping clients for over 30 years and would be happy to assist you.