Workers comp claims are pretty big hassle. From making sure it’s accepted, to getting healed, to making sure your job is secure through the entire process… it can cause a lot of stress for everyone involved. The best way to avoid the process? Is to avoid the injury when possible, but also file as soon as possible. Learning how to protect yourself and avoid injury within the workplace starts with knowing what to watch out for. So, following— you will find a list of the most common workplace injuries that ultimately end in workers comp claims, as well as how to avoid them.
Common Workplace Injuries: Avoiding Workers Comp Claims
Pulled Muscles, Sprains, Strains, and Tears
Some of the most common workplace injuries, are those ones that you just say ‘ouch’ to and keep on going. They are often overlooked, especially at first. You might not have great posture, and there was a tweak when you went a certain way. With a little time, that tweak, turns into a full on pain. From there, you’re a week out from the initial injury and you have to file a claim. The problem with filing a claim later on down the line, is that they are ‘more questionable’ in the eyes of those handling the claim.
While your injury is real, it’s just a little tougher to prove. So, what do we suggest? While it might sound silly, remind yourself to maintain good posture, stretch before bed, and be aware of what you’re lifting when you do. Avoiding stress on your body starts with preparing it ahead of time for the possibility of injury.
Slips and Falls
Obviously, the most common of all injuries in the workplace— are slips and falls. It’s easy to do in any work setting. Someone could spill something, drop something, and next thing you know— your feet are up in the air. Falling at work can be embarrassing. Because of this, many people will laugh off and move on from quickly. But, a simple fall can cause a concussion, back problems, or even a serious break. Just like a muscle problem— it is not uncommon that you will discover your symptoms on a delay. The main difference is that a fall is typically more public. In turn, it will likely be better documented for when you file a claim.
But, to avoid a claim, we suggest investing in non-slip footwear. They are not always effective, as in any workplace, occasional ‘freak accident’ might occur. But, your chances of avoiding a fall are much more likely if you have invested in the proper gear to keep yourself safe. On the companies side, we suggest making sure every staff member follows through on the proper protocol when it comes to a spill. Make sure your employees know the protocol in the event of a spill, or accident. The best way to prevent workplace injuries, is to know the reasons that they happen. As well as what you can do to protect yourself.