common workplace injuries

Workplace injuries can take many forms.  Much of it depends on the type of work someone does.  The severity of the injuries and how they occur differ, but there is enough similarity that certain types of injuries happen more often than others.  

The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation divides the claims into several groups.  These are (i) cause of injury, (ii) nature of the injury, and (iii) body part injured.  In this article, we are going to discuss each of those common injury categories in some detail. If, after reading this article, you have more questions about your own circumstances, then a Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney in Jacksonville at RITE Law is here to help.  

At RITE Law, we have a group of Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorneys in Jacksonville who have your best interests at heart, and who have the training and resources to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.  Our number is (904) 500-RITE or you can fill out our contact form online.  We provide a free case evaluation, so call today.

1. Cause of Injury

The most common cause of injuries reported to the Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation is strain or sprain.  In order from highest to lowest they are:

  • Strain or sprain;
  • Fall or slip injury;
  • Struck or injured by;
  • Motor vehicle; 
  • Miscellaneous causes;
  • Cut, puncture, or scrape;
  • Caught in or between;
  • Striking against, stepping on;
  • Burn, scald, heat or cold exposure; and 
  • Rubbed or abraded by.

These may not be a surprise to most people when they think about the different types of workplaces in Florida and how accidents can happen.  It is common for people lifting, bending, or stretching, to strain a body part like the back.  And many workplaces have substances that can easily be spilled or dropped onto the floor, which results in slips and falls.  If you have been injured at work, call a Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney in Jacksonville for help.

2. Nature of Injury

The Division of Workers’ Compensation further narrows down those causes as to the nature of someone’s injury.  The number one injury in this category is the strain.  They are as follows from highest to lowest:

  • Strain;
  • All other (a general catch-all);
  • Contusion;
  • Fracture;
  • Laceration;
  • Multiple physical injuries only;
  • Inflammation;
  • Burn;
  • Hernia;
  • Dislocation;
  • Crushing; and
  • Puncture.

3. Body Part Injured

A question people often ask is, what body part is most impacted by these types of injuries?  This is definitely something that can change over time, because there may be underlying injuries that were not seen at first glance.  

For example, someone may fall and feel a lot of pain in their ankle from a break or sprain.  But, after getting that treated, their back could start hurting and then medical professionals may discover a back injury as well.  Also, a psychological injury could manifest from the trauma.  This type of progression of injuries reiterates why having a Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney in Jacksonville to help you with your claim is imperative.

The general body parts injured upon the first report of injury are as follows:

  • Upper extremities;
  • Lower extremities;
  • Back injury;
  • Multiple body parts;
  • Trunk;
  • Head; and 
  • Neck.

This may come as a surprise to some who thought the back might be the highest reported injury.  But instead, the most common body parts impacted by workplace injuries are the arms, shoulders, hands, and wrists.  Repetitive trauma like the carpal tunnel is fairly common.  Especially when we think about how many people do repetitive hand, wrist, and arm movements as part of their jobs.  If you are experiencing pain, but haven’t had a specific injury, it is good to contact a Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney in Jacksonville who can explain repetitive trauma and other injuries to you.

Contact a Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney in Jacksonville If You Have Any Questions.

People who are injured while on the job, should always try to get the benefits they need.  A skilled attorney can help you through the process and will give you much-needed advice on how to proceed with your case.  Contact a Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorney in Jacksonville to discuss your claim and your path to receiving benefits. 

At RITE Law, we started the firm for one reason – to help those in Florida and elsewhere have the resources of a firm that was “big enough to fight but small enough to care.”  At Rudolph, Israel, Tucker & Ellis (RITE law), we have the resources and experience to go to trial when it is necessary, and we have the wisdom to advise you appropriately.  

Expect lots of attention, passionate representation, and a healthy disdain for big insurance companies. We believe that leads to the best result possible.  Unlike larger firms, your case isn’t handed to a paralegal or assistant to do the heavy lifting. The attorney you meet initially is the one who will be by your side every step of the way. 

We also take pride in creating an atmosphere where every client is treated like family.  Family members stick up for one another no matter what.  You should expect nothing less from the RITE Law Florida Workers’ Compensation Act Attorneys in Jacksonville

Without help from the RITE team, making a Workers’ Compensation Act claim can be very difficult.  When you turn to our firm, we spring into action, making sure that every detail of your claim is addressed.  Call us for help.  Our number is (904) 500-RITE or you can fill out our contact form online.  We provide a free case evaluation, so feel free to call us today.

The information in this blog post is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be legal advice.  You should not make a decision whether or not to contact an attorney based upon the information in this blog post.  No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied.  If you require legal advice, please consult with an attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.