The Top 5 Workers' Compensation Claims
No Florida workplace accident that leads to an injury is ideal. There are some occupations where the risk for an injury on the job is much higher than others. Even though this is true, any person has the potential to be in an accident while at work which leads to an injury. When the injury requires medical treatment and potentially a significant amount of time away from work, it is prudent to work with a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer. An experienced legal professional can ensure you will have your claim handled properly and help reduce the amount of time the claims process takes. This will alleviate a significant amount of stress from your life while giving you the rest and confidence as you recover.
What are the Most Common Florida Workplace Injuries?
By far, strains and sprains happen all the time. These injuries lead the pack when it comes to the number of claims which are filed. The evidence backing strains and sprains happening most often comes from the data that was collected out of the Impact Report which gathers information from the largest workers’ compensation insurance companies. The following five workplace injuries account for most workers’ compensation claims filed:
- 30% of claims are for strains and sprains
- 19% of claims come from cuts and skin tears
- 12% of claims come from contusions
- 5% of claims come from inflammation
- 5% of claims come from fractures
The most severe injuries which lead to the highest amount of medical care and settlement benefits were:
- Electric shock
- Crushing accidents
The accidents that have the highest risk of causing these injuries to include:
- Issues with the handling of materials
- Slips and falls
- Being hit by an object
- Issues related to tool use
- Traumas from repetitive motion
A victim of a strain or sprain could be looking at up to 57 days out of work while puncture wounds or lacerations may keep you away from work for up to 24 days. The amount of time you are away from work varies based on the severity of your injuries, of course. The more substantial the injury, the longer that the victim will need to be away from their job to heal. Fractures and injuries with inflammation can be upwards of 91 days. All this time away from work means that your family’s bottom line will be impaired without your paycheck. A successful workers’ compensation claim will get you the necessary amount of compensation you need to help you cover those losses.
Speak to a Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
Stephen M. Andrews, P.A. is a Tallahassee workers’ compensation attorney who has more than 35 years advocating on behalf of victims in Florida who suffered injuries from an accident at work. Call Stephen M. Andrews to speak with a qualified and resourceful Florida workers’ compensation attorney during a free consultation at (850) 906-9599.