Going to work should bring you financial compensation, not pain. However, accidents on the job happen every day, and if you are unfortunate enough to have one, your daily life may change. If your injury occurs during your regular work duties, you should report the incident and apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Explore three of the most common injuries you may sustain while on the clock.
- Back injuries
Your back is responsible for many functions in the body. The musculature supports the torso and is responsible for maintaining balance. The spinal cord is the way the brain communicates with every other part of the body. The cord helps transmit impulses and messages that are responsible for all movement and life functions. Therefore, when an injury occurs, it may cause considerable pain and long-lasting impairment throughout the body. Some work injuries that cause back injuries include falls, auto accidents and crush incidents.
- Muscle strains/sprains
The muscles and ligaments around joints are strong, but it does not make it susceptible to injury. Work accidents may cause a range of damage to various muscle groups. Depending on where these muscles are, the resulting recovery may take considerable time and treatment to heal. Common muscle pulls and strains occur in physical professions, such as construction and truck driving, as well as slip and trip accidents that may happen in office buildings.
- Broken bones
Broken bones occur most often in an incident involving an impact or where a limb has become stuck. Depending on the location and extent of the break, you may find the healing process lengthy. Some fractures require surgery and pins to get the bone back together. In other cases, the break necessitates the use of a rod. You may experience a bone break in a fall, slip or collision.
Of course, some industries lead to higher occurrences of injuries. The riskier the job, the more likely it is you may experience an incident. It helps to prepare yourself and have a plan in place should you find yourself needing to file a workers’ compensation claim.