Work-related injuries are unfortunately very common in Missouri. If you’ve been injured, it’s important to understand how you can protect your right to compensation.
Did you know that, according to the National Safety Council, around every 7 seconds, someone’s life is impacted by a work-related accident? Some of the workers get away with nothing but small injuries. However, other workers’ lives have been completely changed by a serious injury.
Workers’ compensation claims are some of the most neglected compensation claims in the United States. The requirements for workers’ comp vary from state to state.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common work-related injuries in the State of Missouri.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Slipping, tripping, and falling are all responsible for both frequent and serious injuries in the workplace. Falls from elevated spaces increase the severity of injuries, which is why they result in high-cost claims. Most slips, trips, and falls cause back and knee injuries, which can have a small effect on the workers’ lives or change it completely.
Muscle Strains and Sprains
Strains and sprains may seem like relatively harmless injuries. They usually don’t have huge consequences. However, they happen often, which is why they lead to so many lost-time comp claims. Lifting, pulling, and pushing heavy objects are responsible for most strain and sprain claims, and these injuries often occur in the shoulder and back area.
Scalds and Burns
Unlike the previous two entries on the list, scalds and burns are much more serious. They’re not easy to treat, and they can be quite expensive. Severe scalds and burns can require several skin grafts to heal, as well as other surgeries. What’s the difference between scalds and burns? Scalds are caused by wet heat, such as hot water, while burns are produced by dry heat like fire.
Car Accident Injuries
You can’t talk about workers’ comp claims without mentioning traffic accidents and car crashes. Reportedly, more than 1,000 of these injuries are reported yearly. Injuries caused by driving happen daily in many different professions. Not only do automotive accidents affect drivers, but they also affect pedestrians as well.
Even though Mesothelioma cases have decreased significantly over the past few decades, they’re still a problem. Auto mechanics, carpenters, and firefighters are just some of the few occupations that can expose you to asbestos. As you probably know, regular asbestos exposure causes a form of cancer known as mesothelioma, which can be quite deadly.
Speak With an Experienced Workers Compensation Lawyer
Injuries in the workplace can have a devastating effect on your life. If you’ve suffered an injury on the job, it is highly recommended to speak with an experienced St. Louis workers compensation lawyer as soon as possible to ensure your legal right to compensation is protected. Give the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann a call today at (314) 361-4300 for a free case evaluation.
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