Types of Injured Workers
While there are common types of on-the-job injuries all workers are at risk for, the particular hazards you face vary depending on your job or career field.
On-the-job accidents can happen in any job or career field. When they do, the injuries you suffer can require ongoing medical care, while impacting your ability to provide for yourself and your loved ones. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to help you recover. At Neustrom & Associates, we have over 80 years of experience representing those injured in on-the-job accidents. The following outline common work-related injuries, and the types of workers they are likely to affect.
Common On-the-Job Injuries
According to reports from the state Department of Labor (DOL), more than 46,000 work-related injuries were reported in Kansas over the course of 2017. This averages to roughly 128 workers each day who suffer serious and potentially life threatening injuries while on the job. Among the most common types of on-the-job injuries workers suffer include:
- Soft tissue injuries, such as muscle or tendon sprains, strains, and tears;
- Broken bones and dislocated joints;
- Severe cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds;
- Burns, caused by contact with live wires, hot objects or hazardous substances;
- Back and neck injuries, such as slipped or herniated discs;
- Head injuries, resulting in concussions and traumatic brain injuries;
- Overuse and repetitive stress injuries, resulting in chronic pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
Common Types of Injured Workers In Kansas
While on-the-job injuries can occur in any job field, they occur more frequently among different types of workers. According to the DOL, some of the most common types of injured workers in Kansas include:
- Construction workers: These face high risks due to falls, heavy lifting, electrocutions, and being struck by debris on jobsites;
- Warehouse workers: These workers often suffer strains and sprains due to heavy lifting, slips and falls on slick floor surfaces, and being struck by objects falling from shelves.
- Factory workers: In addition to the risk of repetitive stress injuries, these workers are at risk of being caught in or between heavy objects and machinery.
- Health care providers: Doctors, nurses, and other medical staff face risks due to exposure to infectious diseases and violence in the workplace, along with being accidentally struck or punctured with needles and other medical equipment.
- Stock workers: Loading and unloading trucks can result in serious muscle or tendon strains and sprains, and increase the risk of vehicle related accidents.
In addition to the above, landscapers, service industry workers, law enforcement officials, and emergency workers are also at an increased risk. Under the Kansas Workers’ Compensation Program, when injuries do occur on the job or during the course of your employment, you may be entitled to benefits to help offset your costs.
Our Salina, Kansas Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Are Here to Help
When on-the-job accidents and injuries impact you, our Salina workers’ compensation attorneys at Neustrom & Associates are here to help. Call or contact our office online today and request a consultation to discuss how we can assist you in getting the benefits you deserve.