Millions of workers suffer some form of injury or develop an illness on the job every year in the United States, while thousands of people die from workplace injuries. No matter where you work or what your job entails, it’s possible to be injured in the course of your employment. These are just a few examples of the most common types of workplace injuries:
- Overexertion injuries: These types of injuries include those sustained through holding, pushing, lifting, throwing or pulling heavy objects and equipment at work. This is by far the most common category of workplace injury.
- Falling from heights: This injury is particularly common in the construction industry. It usually involves a worker falling off a roof, ladder, stairway or scaffold. The cause could be faulty equipment, slippery conditions or the lack of proper safety gear.
- Falling objects: Again, these injuries are particularly common on construction job sites, where falling tools or debris can strike workers and cause significant injuries. They can also occur in warehouse settings. For example, a worker using a loader machine can easily knock items from shelving.
- Vehicle accidents: Employees who drive as part of their job are at risk of being involved in car accidents. Sometimes, the accident is entirely the fault of the other party, but it is still important for employers to provide driver training. When the job involves driving larger vehicles, employers should ensure anyone they hire has a current commercial driver’s license.
- Accidents involving machines: These injuries usually occur in factory settings, where workers operate heavy machinery and equipment. It can be easy for clothing, shoes, hair or fingers to get caught in the equipment.
When you have been injured in a workplace accident, you may seek workers’ compensation benefits, part of a no-fault insurance coverage provided by your employer. In some cases, you may also be able to file a personal injury claim if you believe a third party was liable for your injury. In any lawsuit, however, be sure to abide by Florida’s statute of limitations (four years for personal injury and two years for wrongful death claims).
For further guidance on how to proceed with a workers’ comp or personal injury claim for injuries suffered on the job, consult with the trusted reliable team of personal injury attorneys at Serrano | McGuire. You can reach our Wesley Chapel Location at 813.929.4231 or our Tallahassee Location at 850.201.7210. You can also contact us online