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Identifying the most prevalent types of occupational injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2018 | Firm News, Workplace Accidents

Workplace safety is a major concern for both workers and employers in Colorado and across the nation. Identifying any possible risks in the workplace could be essential to addressing any issues and keeping employees safe from harm. While there are a variety of injuries one could suffer at work, studies suggest that there are some occupational injuries that tend to be more prevalent than others.

Although perhaps not an issue in every field of work, one of the most prevalent injuries in the study lies with burns. These injuries are a concern for many, and studies suggest they are most commonly caused by exposure to harmful substances or environments. Individuals in a variety of fields may also face risks associated with contact with equipment at work, as similar incidents can cause a variety of injuries, ranging anywhere from lacerations to puncture wounds, or even concussions and head injuries.

Another common type of workplace incident pertains to slips or falls, and similar accidents can lead to broken bones and severe pain. However, according to the study, the most prevalent type of workplace injuries occur due to overexertion. While these injuries may start out as sprains or bouts of soreness, they could lead to chronic disorders that result in significant health concerns.

Regardless of how it occurs, individuals who suffer serious occupational injuries may experience a need for long-term or permanent medical care. When coupled with a possible loss of income during recovery, the costs of medical treatment can prompt a need for financial relief. While relief may be available through the workers’ compensation insurance system, applying for benefits can be an arduous task, and those who wish to pursue compensation through all applicable sources could find it helpful to retain the services of an experienced attorney in Colorado for guidance.

Source: madison.com, “The most common workplace injuries in the US“, March 30, 2018

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