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What are the most common workplace injuries?

For the most part, employees in Washington and other states across the nation work in environments that are safe. Unfortunately, some work environments are dangerous because certain jobs are high-risk. While employers put forth efforts to ensure that employees are properly trained and protected from known dangers, this does not always occur. An employee could suffer an injury whether it is due to an accident or the conditions in the workplace.

What are the most common workplace injuries? While this list can be exhaustive, this post will focus on the top 20. These injuries can range from significant injuries to lesser ones that may not impact a worker physically but rather mentally and emotionally. Based on a recent survey by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 882,730 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that resulted in days away from work in the private sector in 2017.

In no particular order, the most common injuries include tendinitis, dermatitis, anxiety and stress, chemical burns, amputations, carpal tunnel syndrome, cartilage fractures and tears, poisoning, toxic, noxious or allergic effects, dislocations, crushing injuries, hernias, heat burns, concussions, puncture wounds, swelling, inflammation and irritation, cuts and lacerations, bruises and contusions, fractures, soreness, pain and hurt and sprains, strains and tears. Whether it is through a fall, overexertion, unsafe conditions or other factors in the workplace, when an employee is injured or suffers an illness, it may be possible to seek workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' comp could help an injured or ill employee seek benefits to assist with their recovery, medical bills and lost wages. Filing for these benefits means providing medical evidence of the incident as well as evidence that the incident occurred in the course of his or her employment.

Recovering from a workplace injury can take time. It can be an emotional process as an employee is dealing with the pain and suffering caused on top of the missed work to address any medical concerns. Thus, it is important to understand how workers' comp could benefit an injured employee and what the filing process looks like.

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