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Common Workplace Injuries

Injuries in the workplace occur every day. Whether it is a slip and fall in an office or a severe laceration at a construction site, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. The U.S. Department of Labor keeps track of the types of on the job injuries that are reported and how frequently they occur. Below are some of the most common workplace injuries:

Overexertion

It is common for an employee to be unaware of the amount of work and energy they are putting into a task, which can lead to an injury. Overexertion injuries often occur when the worker is pushing, pulling, carrying or holding heavy objects.

Falls

There are many different types of falls that can occur in the workplace. An employee can fall on the same level by slipping, tripping, or failing to see an obstacle in his or her path. A fall to a lower level such as falling from a ladder or roof can cause serious injuries.

Struck by an Object

Workers who are struck by a falling object can suffer devastating injuries, especially if the victim is not wearing a protective helmet. Workers can also be struck by an object that is in their way, such as equipment, furniture, or other items the victim accidentally runs into.

Vehicle Accidents

Workers who are required to travel for their job can be injured while on the road. If an employee is in an auto accident while operating a company vehicle or performing his or her job duties, there is a possibility of the victim having both a workers' compensation claim as well as a personal injury claim.

Workplace Equipment

Many jobs require employees to use large pieces of machinery, harsh chemicals and work under other unsafe conditions. It is imperative that employers properly train all employees on how to use equipment to prevent injury.

Repetitive Motion

An employee who is required to repeat the same actions over and over may develop long-lasting injuries. Carpel tunnel syndrome is the most widely known injury from repetitive motion, but there are others. This type of injury may not appear immediately. Rather it develops over time and can have long-term effects.

The above are just a few examples of common workplace injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured while on the job, we can help. A workplace injury can involve a complex array of legal options. An experienced workers' compensation attorney can help guide you through this tricky process. The attorneys of Murphy & Garner, LLC, have over 32 years of experience serving clients in western Georgia and the surrounding area. We will fight for your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation at (866) 942-0552 or (678) 563-1584.

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