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Common Workers Compensation Claims

Common Injuries and Causes 

Most workplace related injuries result from the handling of materials (32 percent of all claims), followed by slip and fall injuries (16 percent), collisions, or being struck by an object (10 percent), injuries sustained while using tools (7 percent), and repetitive use injuries­­ – trauma that occurs over time (4 percent). Sprains and strains are the most common type of injury, followed by cuts and punctures, contusions (bruises), inflammation, and then fractures.

The Travelers Companies, which is the country’s largest workers compensation carrier, released these statistics in a comprehensive injury impact report that included more than 1.5 million workers compensation claims which were filed between 2010 and 2014. The review included a diverse array of both large and small businesses from various industries.

Industry Specifics 

Although sprains and strains topped the list of injuries for most companies, employees of small businesses experienced cuts and punctures more often, followed by sprains and strains.

While material handling accidents cause the most injuries overall, these injuries are especially common in the retail and manufacturing industries, reaching nearly 40 percent in both sectors. Falling from height is also one of the top causes of injury for the retail sector, as well as for construction workers.

In both construction and manufacturing, eye injuries are among the most common injuries experienced by workers. The oil and gas industry is the only sector where motor vehicle accidents are one of the most frequent causes of injury.

Costs and Missed Work Days 

Fortunately, the most severe injuries (which also incur the highest average costs) typically occur less frequently overall. These include dislocations, amputations, electric shock, multiple trauma injuries (i.e. breaking multiple bones), and crushing.

The injuries causing the most days away from work are inflammation (average of 91 days), and fractures (average of 78 days). Sprains and strains result in 57 missed workdays on average, while punctures and cuts result in an average of 24 days missed.

Safety in the Workplace 

Many of the most common injuries incurred on the job can be prevented when proper safety protocol is in place. Safety issues should always be promptly addressed, and employers should continuously emphasize a culture of safety with their employees. 

Unfortunately, even when everyone strives to improve workplace safety, injuries will still occur. Someone will spill something and while they are going to get something to clean it up, their co-worker will come along and slip; twisting at just the wrong angle while lifting a seemingly innocuous package might result in a painful back strain; or a loud noise may cause a worker using a tool to become distracted for a split second, resulting in injury.

Contact Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyers If You Become Injured 

If you or someone you care about has experienced a workplace injury, you may not fully understand the workers compensation claims process. Of course, insurance companies will attempt to settle for as little as possible. That is why it is a good idea to speak to our team of highly-qualified Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyers at Shea Law Group before negotiating your insurance settlement.

Additionally, if you have sustained a serious injury due to faulty equipment or as a direct result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to additional compensation. Give us a call at (877)-365-0040 today to discuss all of your options.