Every year, thousands of workers in Florida and across the United States suffer serious injuries that prevent them from working. Fortunately, full-time employees can take advantage of workers’ compensation benefits, which can provide them with wage-loss protection and medical coverage while they recover from an injury. Here are some of the most common causes of injuries in the workplace that often lead to workers’ compensation claims, according to the National Safety Council (NSC).
Harmful substances and environments
Exposure to harmful or toxic substances and environments continues to be one of the leading causes of injury and workers’ comp claims in our country. Most often, these are things like extreme temperatures, electricity, radiation and contagious diseases. According to the NSC, workers in the health care and social assistance sectors were most vulnerable for these types of injuries.
Repetitive motion and non-impact injuries
These types of injuries make up nearly a quarter of all workers’ compensation claims. Repetitive motion injuries often happen when certain parts of the body are strained as the result of the repetitive nature of a task. Non-impact injuries usually happen by workers carrying, holding or lifting heavy objects, and also by lifting, pushing and turning.
Help with filing a claim
Workers’ compensation insurance provides benefits and financial security for thousands of employees every year. Those in Florida who have questions about workers’ compensation benefits or need help with filing a claim may want to consider speaking with a legal professional. A seasoned attorney can help injured workers and families obtain all benefits to which they are entitled.