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Understanding the injuries in common workers’ compensation claims

When you consider the injuries behind workers’ compensation claims in Michigan, you likely think of serious wounds which might keep you out of your workplace for long periods of time. However, the incidents which prompt the filing of a claim are simpler than you may have thought. We at Adler Stillman, PLLC, understand that workers’ compensation can cover a wide range of injuries.

The injuries which prompt workers to file a compensation claim can differ among industries. According to Insurance Journal, people who work in retail and construction are most likely to file a claim after falling, while people in the manufacturing industry experience more eye wounds. Regardless of industry, however, there are five injuries which make up the majority of workers’ compensation claims. Sprains and strains account for 30 percent of all filed claims. Fractures, contusions and cuts are also among these primary wounds.

These injuries may not appear to be dangerous. They can have a long-term impact on workers, though, as a fracture can keep employees out of work for up to 78 days. After a sprain, people might miss 57 days of work. These injuries are usually incurred while a worker is handling tools or materials, and also stem from collisions with workplace objects and falls.

The vice president of an insurance company has noted that many of these injuries can easily be prevented when companies make sure that safety procedures are in place and followed on a regular basis. More information about this topic can be found on our web page.


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