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November 14, 2023

Common Injuries Covered by Workers' Compensation

Many workers in Georgia are protected by worker’s compensation laws that provide them with coverage should they suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.

These laws ensure that workers receive medical treatment and financial compensation for their injuries. Most employees are entitled to workers’ compensation for an accident, but if you ever have difficulties obtaining your rights or face other challenges in your workers’ compensation claim, you should contact a law firm specializing in workers’ compensation law.

Here are some common types of injuries covered.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Certain types of jobs require making the same motion repeatedly to complete specific tasks. However, muscles, tendons, nerves, and ligaments can suffer damage over time. These types of injuries are called repetitive motion injuries or repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, bursitis, or trigger finger. Some symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include numbness, weakness, or pain in the hands or wrists to the point where fingers become swollen.

Workers most prone to these types of injuries include retail workers, warehouse workers, factory machinists, lorry drivers, or workers on assembly lines.

Back and Neck Injuries

Back and neck injuries can occur from work-related accidents or performing job-related tasks. These injuries include herniated discs, strains and sprains, spinal cord injuries, or whiplash. Construction, office, and delivery workers are among the most vulnerable for back and neck injuries.

Slip and Fall & Construction Site Injuries

Slip and fall injuries can lead to broken bones, sprains and strains, head injuries, or soft tissue injuries. When they happen at job sites, they are usually severe since workers might fall from great heights, and in a construction zone, there can be hard objects that increase injury upon impact.

Although construction workers, farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers are most prone to slip-and-fall accidents and injuries, individuals over 55 are generally more likely to experience these unfortunate events. Wet surfaces or poorly lit areas at the worksite can lead to slip and fall accidents. But, it is your right to be protected while performing your job duties; otherwise, you are entitled to workers’ compensation, especially if you suffered injuries from a scaffold or ladder accident, an electrical accident, or were struck by or caught between objects.

Occupational Illnesses & Occupational Diseases

Certain jobs have risks, especially if proper protective gear isn’t provided. Occupational illnesses include respiratory conditions like asthma, occupational lung diseases, hearing loss due to workplace noise, occupational dermatitis, or repetitive stress injuries.

Occupational diseases refer to asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma, asbestosis, silicosis, lung disease caused by silica exposure, or other chemical exposure-related illnesses.

Machinery and Equipment Accidents & Workplace Violence

Crush injuries, severed limbs or digits, burns and electrocutions, eye injuries, physical assaults, and psychological trauma from workplace violence or accidents are also covered by workers’ compensation.

In certain instances, you are entitled to pursue a personal injury claim with your workers’ compensation claim to receive financial compensation for your injuries. Speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer in Georgia to find out what you are entitled to or if you have issues with your workers’ compensation claim.

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