If you've ever had an injury at work, then you know how painful and frustrating it can be. You sometimes want to go home and rest, whether it's a sprained ankle or back strain. But what happens if your employer doesn't realize that you were hurt? Do you continue to work? We break down the most common workplace accidents and what you should know!
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are one of the most common types of workplace injuries. The most common causes include wet floors and poor lighting. Slips and falls can cause serious injuries, including broken bones, sprains, strains, and even back injuries.
While you may be tempted to ignore minor falls and continue working, don’t! Even the most minor falls can carry some potentially dangerous consequences if unchecked. Be sure to seek medical attention to document the accident and ensure that you have no internal injuries.
A strain is an injury resulting from overstretching or straining your body's muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Strains can be caused by lifting heavy objects, repetitive tasks, and even improper posture. The most common strains in the workplace are:
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Back strains/sprains/strains
- Tendonitis (swelling of a tendon due to inflammation)
While strain can be commonly seen in labor-intensive work such as warehouses and construction, I do not feel that office settings cannot experience strain as well. No matter the strain be mindful of taking breaks to avoid injury from excessive work.
Repetitive Use Injuries
Repetitive use injuries are the result of performing the same action over and over again, usually with your hands. This can include typing on a keyboard or using tools such as screwdrivers. You may experience pain in areas like your wrists and shoulders if you have repetitive use injuries. In some cases, this pain can be severe enough to limit your ability to complete daily tasks efficiently.
See a doctor right away! These types of injuries often require medical attention because they're severe conditions that can cause permanent damage if left untreated. Your doctor will likely recommend physical therapy exercises and other treatment options to help ease any pain associated with your repetitive use injury. You don’t want early signs of carpel tunnel turning into a debilitating nerve pain that prevents you from getting your check.
Being Struck By Or Caught In Moving Machinery
Machinery accidents are a complex issue that usually can fall to a lack of safety regulations being followed at work sites. If you have been injured due to machinery that was not properly maintained or other work site hazards, you need to know you are not at fault. Employers that skirt safety regulations should pay the price for putting your life in danger.
So what should you do if you are injured? The first step is to seek medical attention to ensure you’re medically sound. Next, document everything you can. Lastly?
Price & Randle, LLC is here to help you with initial consultations to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Call (573) 240-8866 today for a confidential consultation.