While every job has its own potential risk, workplace injuries big and small happen across the board.
The U.S. Department of Labor reported that 2.6 million people sustained nonfatal injuries at work in 2021. When that injury makes it difficult to work, people rely on workers’ compensation. A majority of claims often fall under the following three main types of industries.
1. Sprains or strains
While the human body can handle a lot, muscles, tendons, and ligaments can easily get stretched or torn. From lifting a heavy item to overreaching or performing repetitive tasks, various situations may cause a strain or sprain. If severe enough, it may take months to fully recuperate from these types of injuries.
2. Cumulative trauma
Not all injuries become instantly apparent. When performing repetitive tasks, people may start to develop a musculoskeletal illness. While many may associate this with carpal tunnel syndrome, other injuries include nerve damage, chronic back issues, torn rotator cuffs, or tendonitis. Unfortunately, these injuries often do not get detected until well after they have become severe.
While not as common, a severe contusion or cut still has the potential to keep a person from working. A severe wound may lead to the inability to drive, hold objects, or properly use a computer. If deep enough, the wound may also require surgery, which means even more time away from work. Any lacerations to the eyes also increase the chances of needing time at home to heal.
While some people may not want to cause a fuss, take any workplace injury seriously. Report it immediately to ensure you can file a claim if necessary.