What Are the Most Common Types of Work Injuries?

In California, work injuries happen across all types of industries. Whether you work in an office or a construction site, you are at risk for certain types of injuries. Here are the most common, and what you can do if you or someone you love are hurt on the job.

 

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Injuries that occur due to repetitive motion on the job, such as typing or lifting, are common in Orange County. Back strain due to frequent lifting can cause a herniated disc or other type of back injury, while typing and other office work can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. These conditions are generally painful and potentially could require surgery.

 

Slip/Trip/Fall Injuries

An employer has a duty to keep work sites as hazard free as possible. However, spills and other types of accidents can easily cause employees to slip, trip or fall in the workplace. Slip and falls can be dangerous, as hitting the head on any hard object or surface can cause serious head or brain injuries. Falls can also result in broken bones, lacerations and other significant injuries.

 

Falling Object Accidents

In some workplaces, especially construction sites, there is an increased risk of falling objects. For example, objects may fall from roofs during roofing construction if edge protection is not in place, or from scaffolding. Head injuries are the most common injury that results from falling object accidents, although other injuries can also occur. Depending on the weight of the object and from the height which the object fell, the injuries can be serious and even deadly.

 

Auto Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents happen everywhere in California, but the number of commercial vehicles that are involved in accidents is staggering. While some accidents are minor and result in few, if any, injuries, others are much more serious. Head injuries, neck and spinal cord injuries and death can result from an auto accident, especially if a vehicle rollover occurs.

 

Crush Injuries

Crushing injuries occur frequently in work sites that employ the use of heavy machinery, such as steamrollers, forklifts and other similar equipment. Employees can be crushed or pinned between the machine and another object, such as a wall, during the course of their day to day job. Crush injuries have a high incidence of fatality, and those who do survive are usually catastrophically injured and are often permanently disabled.

 

What to Do If You or a Loved One Are Injured at Work

After obtaining medical treatment and filing an accident report with your employer, it’s crucial that you contact a California work injury attorney as quickly as possible. You could be eligible for financial reparation for your injuries to cover both medical expenses and lost wages as a result of the injury.

 

At the Law Office of Michael J. Holmes, we have the skills and expertise to advocate for your rights after a work accident in Orange County, and are dedicated to the success of your case. Contact us today for a consultation at (714) 667-6844.

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