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Common Workplace Injuries

Young woman suffering from back pain in office

If you are hurt in a workplace accident or otherwise injured while performing a work-related duty in California, you are entitled to workers’ compensation.  Workplace injuries can happen in any number of ways, whether the result of a co-worker’s negligence, insufficient safety protocols implemented by an employer, a freak accident, or even your own mistake.  Regardless of the cause of the accident (provided that you did not hurt yourself on purpose), you are entitled to coverage for your injuries.  Read on for a discussion of the most common workplace injuries and contact a dedicated Arcadia workers’ compensation lawyer for help after a workplace accident in Los Angeles or the Inland Empire.

Slips, trips, and falls

Falls remain one of the most common workplace injuries.  Workers can slip on spilled liquids, fall down staircases, trip over discarded or ignored equipment, or hit their feet on uneven surfaces or insufficiently-marked sudden elevation changes.  Slips, falls, and trips can happen in any number of ways, leading to broken bones, sprains, muscle tears, and head trauma.

Strains and sprains

If you work in a job that involves regular lifting, moving, or pulling, you are at risk of muscle strain.  Whether you are lifting and moving boxes or helping patients out of a hospital bed, regular lifting, turning, twisting, and other stressful motions can lead to back, neck, knee, ankle, or other injuries.

Repetitive strain injury

Performing the same task over and over that requires a specific muscle movement can lead to injury, limited functionality, and even disability.  Office workers, construction workers, factory workers, or other laborers who engage in a forceful or repetitive action or who maintain a poor posture for long periods such as sitting hunched over at a desk, are at risk of repetitive strain injury (RSI).  Hands, wrists, forearms, shoulders, elbows, and neck are the most common places to suffer from RSI, and the eventual results can be severe and debilitating if left unchecked and untreated.

Hit by falling objects

Many workplaces have multiple levels, whether they are construction worksites, office buildings, or other workplace types.  When objects fall from above, roll down a hallway or staircase, or swing from a rope or other suspension mechanism, they run the risk of striking a worker.  Minor injuries such as bruises, cuts, and abrasions are common, as are more severe injuries such as broken bones, muscle tears, and severe head trauma.

Traffic collisions

Many jobs require driving as part of regular workplace duties.  You may be a delivery driver, operating a construction vehicle on or around a worksite, or taking the company car to a work-related event.  If you are on the job and hurt in a traffic crash, you are entitled to coverage.

Help with Common Workplace Injuries in Arcadia

If you’ve been hurt on the job in Southern California, get help securing the insurance coverage and other money damages you deserve for your injuries.  Contact the dedicated and effective Arcadia workers’ compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Dulio R. Chavez II and Associates for a free consultation at 626-357-3303.

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