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Five main reasons for workers compensation claims

Workplace injuries are much more common than one may think. In fact, statistics indicate that approximately 4 out of every 100 full-time employees may suffer a workplace injury in any given year, with the healthcare and construction industries having the highest propensity for workplace injuries. This is why California companies are legally required to have workers' compensation insurance.

It seems that there are five main causes of injuries that most often result in workers' compensation claims. Each of these common causes may lead to medical expenses for the employee, as well as a loss of wages due to absence from work. The five causes will be discussed briefly below.

The first cause of workplace injuries is from trip or slips. When an employee slips on wet floors or trips on damaged floors, the possibility that he or she may fall is obvious. Often, falls result in minor injuries, such as a pulled muscle or sprained joint, but the possibility of a fractured bone or broken limb exist. The second cause is injuries resulting from lifting, carrying, pushing and lowering heavy objects, which often cause back muscle injuries.

A third common cause of injury is vehicle accidents, which is also the highest cause of workplace deaths. In the fourth place is injuries caused by electrical hazards. Contradictory to common perceptions, electricity is not only a hazard for electricians; it can also affect employees working near exposed circuits or outlets, especially if they are near water. The last common cause of injuries is the incorrect use of equipment, with injuries especially prevalent in industries that rely on complex or heavy machinery.

No matter the cause of an injury, most state laws allow, at least, for compensation for medical benefits as well as loss of income, but compensation may also include costs for vocational rehabilitation. California employees may consider filing a workers' compensation claim after a serious workplace injury, especially if they believe their employers may have been negligent. As these claims are often complex in nature, consulting a lawyer dedicated to claims arising from workplace injuries may be a good idea.

Source: jobacle.com, "Top 5 Workers Compensation Claims", Andrew G. Rosen, Accessed on Feb. 14, 2018

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