Different workplaces come with unique occupational hazards. However, the government and the occupational safety health and administration have rules and regulations all employers should follow for a safe working environment. Therefore, if you get injured in your place of work, it should be an accident but not because someone was negligent. Therefore, any injury, loss, or workplace damage that results from the carelessness of another deserves compensation. Here are four of the most common workplace accidents for which you can file a compensation claim.
Trips, Slips, and Falls
Slippery surfaces are common in various types of workplaces. For example, spilled milk in a grocery store is a huge safety hazard for the employees and anyone using the floor. Ladders and other raised workspace parts also create fall risks, especially when you do not have harnesses and fall arrest systems. You can pursue compensation if you slip, fall, and get injured because of the spill. Workers' compensation arrangements exist for such scenarios. However, you can pursue the case as a personal injury claim by forgoing the compensation benefits or when you are not an employee.
Injuries from Falling Objects
Falling objects usually land on the head and back, which leads to severe injuries. Many workers also find themselves on the receiving end from falling objects. The problem is common in a warehouse environment where things get raised to great heights. They are also common in retail stores where items are stacked high on shelves as well as in the construction industry. You can sue anyone that endangers your life by not creating ample and secure overhead storage in their retail spaces. You can also sue the warehouse or construction site owner for injuries from falling objects.
Injuries from Repetitive Strain
Few workers take this injury seriously, but it has become quite common in workplaces. It results from straining your muscles by repeating the same task countless times. You are less likely to strain your muscles when you rest often. While the employer might have a few ways to protect you from this injury, they could structure the work schedule into a system with numerous breaks.
Inhaling Toxic Fumes
You could also suffer excessive allergic reactions from inhaling toxic fumes from the work environment. The fumes typically irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract. The employer should provide masks and goggles when sending you to a worksite with toxic fumes.
Speak to a work-related injury attorney when you have gotten hurt in the place of work because of negligence. They will help you develop a demand letter, negotiate, and get a settlement.