The Most Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries in California

The Most Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries in California

There are many common types of workers’ compensation injuries. In California, nearly 300,000 workplace injuries (in 2021) resulted in days away from work, a job transfer, or restriction, according to the State of California Department of Industrial Relations.¹ Injuries can happen in any type of job. At The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, our workers’ compensation attorneys help clients in many industries get the maximum amount of compensation they deserve. 

The injuries we often see include:

Slip and Fall Accidents

Slips, trips, and falls are among the most common workplace injuries in California. They can occur when a worker falls on a slippery surface. Someone can also trip over an unfinished floor, misplaced tools, or construction materials. 

A wet floor is often enough to cause a fall that results in a knee or back injury severe enough to miss work. Workers’ compensation benefits may be available whether the incident was caused by negligence on the part of the injured worker, another employee, or their employer.

Back, Neck, and Shoulder Injuries

Heavy lifting often leads to injuries to the back, neck, and shoulders. These are common in factory, construction, maintenance, and stockroom workers who lift and carry heavy items as part of their daily routine. An injury can occur suddenly or over time due to the repetitiveness of the activity. If it occurs while performing work duties, workers’ comp benefits should be available.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries can result in permanent damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves. They affect tens of thousands of workers in California every year and can impact an employee’s ability to perform their work duties. Their quality of life can be affected as well. Even a severe sprain or strain, or a disorder like tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, can leave an individual out of work and in need of compensation.

Impacts by Falling Objects

Struck-by accidents are common in California and often involve head trauma, fractures, and organ damage. Falling objects can include construction materials, tools, machinery, and other items that drop from a height. Given an object’s weight and speed, the consequences of such an impact can be severe and require substantial medical care, rehabilitation, and home modifications if long-term impairment results (which is why you need a lawyer to help maximize workers’ compensation coverage).

Electrical Accidents

Exposure to electricity can cause severe shocks and burns. It can also result in cardiac problems or electrocution. Electrical accidents are often caused by faulty wiring, poor insulation, or inadequate electrical safety training. They can occur at industrial facilities, on construction sites, or in offices and other settings.

Heavy Machinery Accidents

Severe lacerations, amputations, or death can occur in a machinery accident. Some of the most common incidents involve being caught in moving parts or crushed between components. Electric shocks are also common among employees who work with heavy machinery.

Exposure to Toxic Materials

Skin disorders, respiratory problems, and organ damage are some of the most common worker’s compensation injuries in California related to toxic exposure. They can result from direct contact with or inhaling chemicals, fumes, and gases. Biological agents present in some facilities can also be dangerous. Employees in manufacturing, construction, and healthcare are most at risk of toxic exposure.

Transportation Accidents

Accident-related injuries such as whiplash, broken bones, and paralysis are risks that employees such as truck drivers, bus operators, and others in transportation-related jobs face. An accident can occur on a street, highway, or a worksite.

Mental Injuries

An abnormal amount of stress at work, trauma, or violence can negatively impact an employee’s mental health. Witnessing a robbery or violent crime in the workplace can also have psychological effects. If anxiety, depression, fear of returning to work, or post-traumatic stress disorder can be proven to be directly related to your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.

Why You Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

A workplace injury can have severe physical, emotional, and psychological effects. Some injuries require surgery, rehabilitation, and other extensive medical treatments. The financial impact alone can be stressful, especially when facing high medical expenses and lost wages with the potential for a loss of long-term earning capacity. 

Many benefits are available through California’s workers’ compensation system. It can cover medical care, vocational rehabilitation, and temporary or permanent disability benefits. However, there can be challenges to receiving benefits. That’s when you need legal representation from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can protect your rights and help obtain fair compensation.

Call Jacob Today

Our workers’ compensation attorneys are familiar with how California’s rules on claims, payments, and procedures work. If legal proceedings are necessary, our skilled lawyers can ensure you receive fair treatment and are compensated for lost wages, medical care, and rehabilitation. To get started, call The Law Offices of Jacob Emrani at (888) 952-2952 today.

Source:

  1. https://www.dir.ca.gov/oprl/Injuries/2021/2021Table2.html 

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