What can cause a career-ending injury?
Studies have shown that overexertion is by far the biggest cause of career-ending injuries. An employee might come to work feeling fatigued because they didn’t get much sleep last night. As a result, they’re not paying attention and may severely injure themselves or another employee. This can be a result of external factors, but sometimes it happens when a company pushes their employees too far.
Falls are the second biggest cause of injuries, costing over ten billion dollars annually. A fall could result in broken bones, torn muscles, and even head and spinal cord injuries. If the injury is severe enough, the worker might end up permanently disabled. He or she might be unable to work and may have to collect disability checks for the rest of his or her life.
Workers getting struck by an object or equipment is the third biggest cause of career-ending injuries. Getting hit by an object might not seem particularly threatening, but work equipment can easily weigh thousands of tons. Getting hit by work equipment could easily be fatal to the employee.
What should you do if you were injured on the job?
If you’re suffering from severe injuries, you don’t have to go to work and “tough it out.” You have the right to apply for workers’ compensation if you sustained an injury in the workplace. An attorney could help you successfully apply for benefits and focus on recovering at your own pace.