3 Common Work Accident Injuries

1)     LIFTING

The most common Work Accident injury happens when an employee sustains an injury from either lifting an object or another person. These injuries often happen when a worker does not have the support or assistance to lift a heavy object such as a box, piece of material, etc. For that reason, lifting is one of 3 common work accident injuries.

Here is an actual example of a lifting incident that resulted in a Work Accident injury:

Mark Z. v. ABC Construction Co.

Mark worked for ABC Construction Co. for six months. On August 1, 2015, Mark lifted up a door, by himself, that needed to be installed at a local hospital. As he lifted the door, he felt a pop in his low back. He immediately reported the injury to his employer and sought medical treatment the same day. Mark eventually needed surgery on his low back. The Workers Comp. company refused to pay for the surgery so Mark sought legal counsel. In the end, Mark was able to recover the benefits he deserved as a result of his work accident injury.

2)     SLIP AND FALL

As a Milwaukee WI workers’ compensation lawyer might explain, the second most common Work Accident injury happens when an employee slips and falls in the workplace. Examples include, but are not limited to slip and falls on ice, as well as concrete floors covered in oil or sawdust. For that reason, slips and falls are one of 3 common work accident injuries.

Here is an actual example of a slip and fall incident that resulted in a Work Accident injury:

Darryl F. v. Milwaukee Catholic School

Darryl worked for Milwaukee Catholic School for sixteen years. On February 3, 2016, he left work, walked to his car, and slipped on ice in the company parking lot. He called 911 as he was unable to get up. Darryl’s knee twisted beneath him which ultimately required a knee replacement surgery. The Workers Comp. company refused to pay for the surgery so Darryl sought legal counsel. In the end, Darryl was able to recover the benefits he deserved as a result of his work accident injury.

3)     REPETITIVE/OVERUSE INJURY DUE TO JOB DUTIES

The third most common Work Accident injury happens when an employee has to perform

repetitive job duties that lead to pain or symptoms in that specific body part. Repetitive/overuse injuries due to an employee’s job duties are one of 3 common work accident injuries.

Here is an actual example of repetitive/overuse that resulted in a Work Accident injury:

Kevin C. v. ABC Foundry

Kevin worked for ABC Foundry for eleven years. After years of lifting boxes over his head for more than eight hours per day, he started to develop pain in both of his shoulders. He reported the pain to his employer and sought medical treatment. Kevin ultimately needed bi-lateral shoulder replacements as a result of his work exposure/duties at ABC Foundry. The Workers Comp. company refused to pay for the surgeries so Kevin sought legal counsel. In the end, Kevin was able to recover the benefits he deserved as a result of his work accident injury.


Thanks to our friends and co-contributors from Hickey & Turim, SC for their insight into workplace injuries.