Due to labor shortages and cost-saving measures, employers are now looking for any opportunity to use fewer employees to do the same amount of work. Unfortunately, because of this, sometimes worker safety is compromised. The AFL-CIO produces reports on worker safety, and the data shows that workers compensation suits are on the increase.
Some professions are riskier than others. Mining, for example, is one of the most treacherous industries. The recent mine collapse in Tennessee that killed one worker and injured two others is a prime example. The Nyrstar Immel Mine collapse caused the third death this year at the company’s Eastern Tennessee mines. There have been eighteen mining deaths nationwide in 2021. Mining is very dangerous, but even factory, construction, and office staff are at risk of being hurt on the job.
Four Types of Work Injuries
Aside from obviously hazardous work environments, there are certain types of injuries that can happen. Volatile chemicals, unsteady structures, and even mundane tasks can be hazardous for the American worker.
1. Repetitive Motion Injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a well-known type of repetitive motion issue. You may think that sitting at a desk typing all day is not particularly risky, but writers, secretaries, and also factory workers on an assembly line can suffer these types of injuries.
2. Construction and Manufacturing Jobs
Swinging a hammer all day can take its toll on joints and once a major joint is compromised, a worker may find themselves unemployed for an extended period of time. Elbows, shoulders, and knees are vulnerable and severe trauma can mean long-term unemployment or disability. But there is help. Attorneys like Gibbs and Crivelli, Slingshot Law work tirelessly to aid those who have been hurt and deserve a workers compensation settlement.
3. Volatile Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
Most people assume that exposure to hazardous materials happens to workers performing manual labor. But, toxic mold has become a problem in some areas of the country, exposing office workers who then experience breathing problems and decreased immunity to other serious diseases.
Lead and asbestos are also major culprits. Engineers and construction workers can experience lung damage and other maladies after working with these dangerous materials. Autobody and garage workers also face specific hazards through toxic fumes released through paints, oils, grease, solvents, and exhaust.
4. Back Injuries
Hernias are one of the most common worker injuries. Pulling or lifting heavy weight can lead to pulled muscles and strained backs. Sometimes these problems are very serious and require surgery. Slipped discs and hernia of the abdomen, groin area, or legs are not only painful and can lead to doctor-ordered bed rest for an extended period of time. Knowing your rights and filing for workers’ comp protects workers.
What Kind of Compensation Can an Injured Worker Expect to Receive?
It’s hard to think about money when you’re doubled over in pain, but when you’re injured at work, one of the first things you should do is think about how to support yourself and your family if you become incapacitated. In certain situations, injured employees are entitled to compensation for medical treatment and time lost from work.
A good lawyer can also try to get you temporary disability payouts, even if your injuries don’t lead to long-term disability. You work hard for your boss and deserve to be treated fairly. Don’t needlessly ignore the pain and assume it will go away. Many injuries get worse over time. Reach out for help that is available through medical professionals and qualified attorneys in your areas.