Despite the safety recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and appropriate precautionary measures taken by employers and employees alike, workplace injuries still occur. In fact, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), one worker gets hurt on the job every seven seconds, and this equates to approximately seven million workplace injuries per year.
Fortunately, workers’ compensation is available to employees. This is a no-fault, government-mandated insurance system that pays monetary benefits to workers who get hurt or disabled in the course of their employment.
Workers’ comp covers a vast range of injuries, including those that employees sustain off-site when doing tasks that fall within the scope of their employment. Discussed below are the injuries that frequently result in workers’ compensation claims as well as the common causes.
Injuries that Commonly Result in Workers’ Comp Claims
A top American insurance provider examined over 1.5 million workers comp’ claims filed between 2010 and 2014 from various industries. Based on their assessment, the following are the top five injuries that resulted in workers’ comp claims.
- Sprains and strains (30 percent)
- Lacerations or puncture wounds (19 percent)
- Bruising or contusions (12 percent)
- Inflammatory injuries- e.g., tendonitis and plantar fasciitis (5 percent)
- Broken bones (5 percent of all claims annually)
Common Causes of Workplace Injuries
Results from the same assessment further revealed the most common causes of the workplace injuries mentioned above. These include the following:
- Material-handling accidents (accounting for roughly 32 percent of all claims)
- Falls, slips, and trips (16 percent)
- Being struck by a piece of equipment or object (10 percent)
- Accidents that involve tools (7 percent)
- Repetitive motion or cumulative trauma (4 percent)
Physical Therapy and Workers’ Comp Services in Austin, TX
At Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness, we offer comprehensive and tailored physical therapy programs to provide our workers’ comp patients with high-quality, expedient care—helping them get back to earning a steady living in the safest and quickest way possible.
To facilitate a seamless experience, we will guide the workers throughout the claim process, while our physical therapists will work with all parties involved to ensure they are apprised of the workers’ recovery progress and status.
To arrange an appointment, call us at (512) 284-7192. You may also fill out this request form, and our staff will get back to you promptly.
We have four offices in Austin and six others in Round Rock, Manor, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, Bee Cave, and Hutto. We look forward to serving you!