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Workplace Back, Head & Neck Injuries

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What Workers Should Know About These Devastating Injuries

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Workplace Back, Head & Neck Injuries

  1. 1. WORKPLACE BACK, HEAD & NECK INJURIES What Workers Should Know About These Devastating Injuries
  2. 2. AN ON-THE-JOB CATASTROPHE The right to a safe workplace is one of the most basic rights enjoyed by workers in the United States, yet workplace injuries are still very common. For example, there were nearly 3 million workplace injuries in 2015, about half of which resulted in at least some time away from work. Some of the most common and severe injuries are back, neck and head injuries. In the pages that follow, we’ll look at how they happen and what workers can do after an on-the-job injury.
  3. 3. WORKPLACE BRAIN INJURIES Up to 7 percent of traumatic brain injuries occur in workplace settings. At first glance, that might not seem like many, but when you consider that, in 2013, 2.8 million TBI-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and fatalities happened in the United States, you get a clearer picture of the problem. The leading causes of brain injuries are falls, being struck by an object and vehicle crashes.
  4. 4. WORKPLACE BACK INJURIES From 2011 to 2015, around 170,000 workplace back injuries requiring days off work occurred annually in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The most serious back injuries usually involve damage to the spinal cord, which can lead to permanent impairment and disability. These injuries are frequently caused by heavy lifting, falls and vehicle crashes.
  5. 5. WORKPLACE NECK INJURIES Neck injuries often happen in conjunction with head or back injuries. The cervical area of the spine is located in the neck. This delicate region of the spinal cord is responsible for sending and receiving messages from the brain to other parts of the body. A blow to the head can have a major impact on the neck, which is also comprised of several vital ligaments, nerves, muscles and tendons.
  6. 6. COMMON CAUSES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES: FALLS One of the most common themes you’ve likely noticed so far is that these serious injuries have similar causes. Every year, slips, trips and falls account for over 230,000 workplace injuries resulting in time missed from work, and that’s only in the private sector. The most common industries in which workers fall are construction, transportation, cleaning/maintenance and healthcare support.
  7. 7. COMMON CAUSES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES: BEING STRUCK Being struck by or against an object is the second leading cause of non-fatal unintentional injuries in the United States. It’s the leading cause of injuries to workers ages of 15 to 24. The objects that strike workers include machinery, equipment, vehicles and scaffolding, among many other things.
  8. 8. COMMON CAUSES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES: TRANSPORTATION Transportation-related accidents are the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries and a common cause of non-fatal workplace injuries. Some of these injuries are suffered while going to or from work. The more a worker travels for their job, the more likely they will be to suffer a transportation-related workplace injury. Those occupations include transporters of goods or materials, managers, salespeople and installation/maintenance workers.
  9. 9. UNDERSTANDING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Most employers have workers’ compensation insurance, which means that most employees will receive benefits after a job- related injury regardless of who is at fault. These benefits typically cover two-thirds of a worker’s weekly wages and costs associated with medical care. However, a worker might find that the benefits provided fail to adequately meet their needs. In some cases, a worker will be denied benefits entirely, either because they are misclassified or their employer/insurer refuses to pay.
  10. 10. WHEN WORKERS DON’T GET THE PAYMENT THEY DESERVE A worker has the right to contest a denied workers’ comp claim. Workers who aren’t covered by workers’ compensation insurance can file claims against negligent employers or against third-parties to receive the payment they deserve. In other words, there are almost always legal options at a worker’s disposal if they aren’t being treated fairly.
  11. 11. INJURED ON THE JOB IN GEORGIA? If you or a loved one has suffered a neck, back or head injury on the job in Georgia, contact the workplace injury attorney David Mann to learn more about your options. David Mann has helped workers get the payment they need to cover lost wages, medical bills and other damages. Contact David Mann by filling out our online contact form or calling him at his Macon, GA office at (478) 742-3381.

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