What are the Top 5 Most Common Workers’ Compensation Claims?

1) LIFTING
 
The most common Workers’ Compensation claim is filed after an employee sustains an injury from either lifting an object or another person. Lifting injuries happen when an employee is required to lift something of significant weight and they do not have the assistance of another person or they do not use the proper technique to lift the object or person. It is common for an employee to not have the support or assistance necessary to lift a heavy object. When this occurs, it can oftentimes result in a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. For that reason, lifting is one of the top 5 most common workers’ compensation claims.
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2) SLIP AND FALL
 
The second most common Workers’ Compensation claim is filed after an employee slips and falls in the workplace. While many slip and fall injuries happen when an employee slips on a wet substance on the workplace floor, it is also common for slip and fall injuries to happen outside of the workplace in the winter time. Many employees slip on ice in their company parking lots or even on the walk ways up to their place of employment. When this occurs, it often times results in a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits and the need for a Milwaukee WI workers’ compensation lawyer. For that reason, slip and fall injuries are one of the top 5 most common workers’ compensation claims.
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3) BENDING/TWISTING
 
The third most common Workers’ Compensation claim is filed after an employee bends/twists in the
scope of his/her employment. Many bending/twisting injuries occur when an employee has a heavy object in their hands or they are forced to make a quick movement to keep up with their employer’s demands. When either of these instances occurs, it often times results in a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits. For that reason, bending/twisting injures are one of the top 5 most common workers’ compensation claims.
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4) CAR/TRUCK ACCIDENTS IN THE SCOPE OF EMPLOYMENT
 
The fourth most common Workers’ Compensation claim is filed after an employee is involved in a
car/truck accident that occurs in the scope of their employment. Many over the road truck drivers, bus drivers, or even delivery drivers are involved in motor vehicle accidents. Assuming the accident occurs while the employee is on the clock, he/she has the right to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. Due to the frequency of these incidences, car/truck accidents in the scope of employment are one of the top 5 most common workers’ compensation claims.
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5) REPETITIVE/OVERUSE INJURY DUE TO JOB DUTIES
 
The fifth most common Workers’ Compensation claim is filed when an employee has to perform
repetitive job duties that lead to pain or symptoms in that specific body part. Often times these types of claims occur when someone has to repetitively lift objects, repetitively bend/twist, or repetitively move their hands. When repetitive job duties lead to overuse and pain, a claim must be filed by the employee. Repetitive/overuse injuries due to an employee’s job duties are one of the top 5 most common workers’ compensation claims.
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hickey-turim_logo_299x68Thanks to our friends and contributors from Hickey & Turim, SC for their insight into common workers’ compensation claims.