While some jobs are more dangerous than others, on-the-job accidents and injuries can happen in any occupation. Whether you work on a construction site or in an office complex, there are many different types of on-the-job accidents and injuries that can have a significant impact on your health, while preventing you from working or providing for yourself and your loved ones, now and in the years to come.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are available to help in these situations, provided you meet program guidelines and follow the proper procedures in terms of applying. The following outlines some of the most common types of on-the-job injuries that occur as well as the steps you should take if you are injured to help ensure you get the benefits you need to recover.
Common On-the-Job Injuries
Work-related injuries are an unfortunately common occurrence. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that as many 9,000 workers suffer accidents and injuries each day on various job sites, which have the potential to be serious and disabling. Among the most common types of injuries reported include the following:
Slips, trips and falls
Being caught in or between parts and machinery
Being hit or struck by objects
Severe cuts and burns
Overexertion and heat stroke
Injuries caused by repetitive motions and poor workplace ergonomics
Illness caused by exposure to toxic and hazardous substances
While certain workers, such as those in the construction, machinery, and manufacturing fields, are more susceptible to accidents and injuries, retail workers, restaurant employees, and office staff can also confront risks as part of their day to day duties. Even something as simple as bending or stretching to reach objects on shelves could result in injuries that require extensive medical treatments, while impacting your ability to perform duties required on your job.
What To Do If Injured On The Job
When on-the-job injuries do occur, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation program can provide the benefits you need to recover. These include medical care, transportation costs to and from appointments, disability payments until you are able to return to work, and compensation for any permanent damage resulting from your injuries.
To be eligible to receive these benefits, it is important to follow these steps any time an accident or injury occurs at work:
Notify your boss or supervisor immediately
Get medical care for your injuries as soon as possible
Follow your doctor’s instructions carefully and attend all follow up appointments
Refrain from working or engaging in any heavy tasks until cleared to do so by your doctor
A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
Anytime an on-the-job accident or injury occurs, you should contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney right away. At the Surasky Law Firm, LLC, we provide the professional legal representation you need to protect your rights in these situations and can assist you in getting the benefits you deserve.