No matter what type of job you have, there is the potential that you could be seriously injured at work. While there are numerous ways to safeguard yourself and other workers that may be industry-specific, the risk of getting hurt or worse exists whether you work in an office building, on the road or outside.
According to a study conducted by Travelers Insurance, there are five types of injuries that happen much more often than others in the workplace.
These injuries include:
- Sprains or strains
- Punctures, cuts and lacerations
- Contusions (bruising)
As you can see, these aren't just injuries that happen in jobs requiring manual labor. They can happen to anyone in any job, and they can be minor, chronic, severe and/or debilitating. Further, every injury affects people differently, so an injury that might seem minor to someone else can prove to life changing for you.
It is for these reasons that in the event of one of these or any other type of injury stemming from a workplace accident, seeking medical attention right away can be crucial. You will also want to be sure you notify your employer about the accident. These steps will help protect your right to seek workers' compensation.
While not all injuries are severe, there are many that can result in missed work days, surgery and the need for ongoing care. It is for these reasons that workers' compensation is in place. By filing a claim, you can collect financial support to help you cope with and recover from a work-related injury. However, time is critical in these situations, so speaking with an attorney as soon are you are able to after seeking medical care can be crucial.