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4 Common Workers Compensation Claims and Their Causes

Updated: Aug 6, 2023

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Watch your step - Workplace safety matters! Avoid slip hazards and know your rights for workers' compensation.

If you have sustained an injury while at work, you may be entitled to compensation for damages, lost wages, and possible disability benefits.

A study published in 2020 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health analyzed a large insurance program over multiple years across all 50 states and identified the top four individual workers' comp injuries:

  • Strains (30.06% of workers' compensation claims)

  • Contusions (20.83% of claims)

  • Lacerations (11.79% of claims)

  • Sprains (8.85% of claims)

1. Strains

Strains occur when a tendon or muscle is torn or stretched. Sprains often happen when a worker performs repetitive tasks, for example, working in a manner that results in an awkward posture. Any type of falling can cause strain.

2. Contusions

Contusions are bruises or marks on the skin caused by blood trapped under the surface. Contusions can occur after a bump to the body or after suffering a fall. It also happens when employees drop objects or when they run into things.

3. Lacerations

Lacerations are deep cuts or tears in skin or flesh. Suffering a laceration or cut at work can happen when a worker uses a tool or a tool that has been kept in poor condition. Clutter and poor lighting also can increase the risk of getting a cut at work. Lacerations usually occur in manufacturing, food production, and restaurants.

4. Sprains

Sprains are stretched or torn ligaments. Sprains happen from performing repetitive movements; lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy items; having awkward posture, or reaching overhead. Any type of falling can cause a sprain.

If you have been injured at work, do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation with one of our experienced workers' compensation attorneys. Call us at (818) 477-0773 to discuss your potential workers' compensation case with our State Law Firm attorneys.

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