New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer Presented by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall
New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer Presented by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall

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Common types of workplace injuries

On Behalf of | Dec 7, 2021 | Work Injuries

A variety of different types of injuries can occur on the job. Workplace injuries can devastate the lives of injured workers and also have a significant detrimental impact on their families. For that reason, workers should be familiar with common types of workplace injuries and injured workers should be familiar with the protections available to them.

  • Back and hernia injuries: workers can suffer back and hernia injuries lifting, pushing or dragging too much weight at work. These types of injuries can require surgery, time away from work and reassignment to another job.
  • Trauma injuries: trauma injuries include hitting or being hit by an object and other fall injuries. Traumatic injuries may require extensive and costly medical treatment and time away from work.
  • Machine-related injuries: machine-related injuries are commonly localized on the body such as the hands, arms, feet and legs because the extremities are the areas of the body most exposed to injuries by manufacturing machines.
  • Repetitive motion injuries: workers in offices, workers that work with machinery or even in the construction industry can suffer repetitive motion injuries from repetitive tasks at work. Wear and tear on the same joints or ligaments over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, can take a toll. Repetitive stress injuries can require job reassignment on a temporary or permanent basis.
  • Exposure to toxic substances: exposures to chemicals and toxins at work can lead to occupational illnesses.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2008 3 out of every 100 full-time workers were victims of nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses. The most common types of workplace injuries are back and hernia injuries; trauma-related injuries; machine-related injuries; repetitive stress injuries; and exposure. Workers’ compensation benefits are one option that can help workers suffering with an occupational injury or illness which makes it important for injured workers to be familiar with what they are.