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Common Workplace Accidents

Accidents can happen anywhere – in the home, while driving or riding in a vehicle, while out shopping, and even when you’re at work. Dealing with workplace accidents that result in injuries can be particularly complicated, because there are special rules regarding injuries on the job. In most cases, injured employees are covered by workers’ compensation, a form of insurance that is provided in exchange for a waiver of the right to file a personal injury claim for negligence. If you have been hurt while at work, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to provide reimbursement for your medical expenses, as well as a portion of any wages that you lose as a result of the injury, or rehabilitation that you may require. You may also be able to file a personal injury claim against other parties whose negligence may have contributed to your injury. Philly Justice is an experienced Philadelphia law firm that can help you determine your best course of action.

There are a number of different ways that workplace accidents can happen. Though they can happen in any type of occupational environment, some workplace accidents happen more frequently than others. The ten most common workplace injuries are:

Overexertion Injuries – these involve the employee getting hurt while lifting something too heavy, pushing or pulling something, carrying or throwing things. Overexertion injuries often result in strains to muscles and ligaments.

Trip and Fall Injuries – these are specifically accidents that occur on a single level rather than falling from a higher level. They are usually a result of tripping over something or slipping on a wet surface.

Falling from a Higher Level – these injuries occur in a number of settings. Workers may fall from ladders, from platforms, from rooftops or down stairways, among other circumstances.

Bodily Reactions – These are similar to trip and fall accidents, but do not involve actually impacting the floor; they are injuries that occur in the process of a person catching themselves before impact.

Being Struck by an Object – These injuries occur when something falls onto the employee or is thrown towards the employee and strikes them.

Striking an Object – These injuries occur when a person runs into something, such as walking into a glass wall or table.

Transportation Accidents – These occur when a person is traveling in an automobile, a truck, a crane, a forklift, or some other type of vehicle that is involved in an accident.

Getting Caught In Between or Compressed – These accidents generally involve machinery, and can cause serious damage.

Repetitive Stress Injuries  These involve muscle, tendor or ligament damage caused by repeating the same motion without break.

Assaults and Violence on the Job – These are usually a result of arguments, though random acts of violence have become more common in the workplace.

No matter what the cause of your workplace accident, the best person to speak with following an injury is an experienced personal injury attorney who can assess your needs and provide you with knowledgeable legal counsel. The attorneys at Philly Justice are here to help – contact us today for a free consultation.