Thousands of workers are injured and file
workers’ compensation claims every year. Even in seemingly safe work environments, an employee
can develop a harmful condition or sustain an injury from an accident.
In fact, some of the most common injuries are developed over a span of
time rather than a result of a one-time incident.
Below is a list of some of the most common occupational illnesses, according
to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s 2010 study of non-fatal injuries
and occupational illnesses:
1.Sprains, strains, or tears: About 43% of these injuries occur as a result of employees overexerting
themselves, with 36% of them affecting the back. While shoulder injuries
are not as common, they typically require more time off from work than
2.Musculoskeletal disorders: The second most common occupational illness are musculoskeletal disorders,
which encompasses rotator cuff disorders, carpal tunnel, and other non-specified
pain. These injuries are particularly common among orderlies, nurses,
and attendants and have experienced an increase in frequency over the years.
3.General soreness or pain: Overall body pain is commonly reported among those in labor jobs, especially
those involving transportation and warehousing. 11% of those suffering
from this condition required recovery at home or a convalescence center.
4.Bruises and contusions: While these might not seem too serious, even contusions and bruising required
an average of 4 days off from work in order to heal. Unsurprisingly, transportation
and warehouse workers also suffer the highest rate of experiencing these
injuries than workers in other industries and occupations.
5.Cuts and lacerations: Most cuts and lacerations involve incidents with work-related equipment
and fingers are often the body parts most susceptible to these wounds.
Workers in the refuse and recyclable material collection industry suffer
these injuries the most.
6.Fractures: These injuries generally require up to a month of time off from work to
recover. Those most vulnerable to these injuries are workers in the hunting
industry, followed by mining, and construction.
7.Burns and scalds: Employees most likely to suffer burns or scalds from heat were, of course,
food service employees who have frequent exposure to heat, including stovetops
and boiling water.
8.Back pain: Intercity and transit bus drivers suffered the most back-related injuries,
whether alone or in conjunction with other ailments, compared to other
workers in other industries or occupations.
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Cobb County
If you sustained an injury or developed a painful condition due to your
occupation, you might be entitled to important workers’ compensation
benefits. At Chestnut & Beller, our workers’ compensation workers’
compensation attorneys in Cobb County have nearly 60 years of combined
legal experience. Let us put our knowledge to work for you, so you can
secure the benefits you deserve.
Get started on your case today and contact our office at
(770) 228-5542 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced workers’