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FloridaCommon Workplace Injuries

In 2005, in every major industry, sprains and strains were the number one workplace injury, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. These injuries accounted for 41 percent of all on-the-job injuries and illnesses that required missing days of work.

That same year, the second most common injury was bruises and contusions, followed by lacerations and cuts.

While these are the most common injuries, virtually any type of injury is possible in the workplace or at a job site, depending on the circumstances.

Some common specific injuries include:

Joint Injuries

Because of the demands for flexibility, joints are highly susceptible to injury. When these injuries occur, they are often painful and debilitating. They often require surgery and heal slowly. Common types of joint injuries include: Sprains of the ankle, wrist, and elbow; Tears in the knee, shoulder, and wrist, and Dislocations and Separations of the hip, shoulder, and elbow. But there are many others. Any joint injury requiring surgery and/or extended convalescence is eligible for compensation through workers’ compensation.

Back Injuries

These are one of the most common and, often times, one of the most serious injuries. Sometimes one event, like a slip and fall or lifting an object that is too heavy, will trigger a back injury. Other times a repetitive action like bending and lifting all day every day can cause a back injury. Pre-existing conditions can also be aggravated during routine activities at work.

Stress Fractures

Stress fractures are injuries that are caused by overuse, when the muscles grow fatigued and can not absorb the additional shock of hard work or heavy lifting. With time, your fatigued muscle will transfer the overload of stress to your bone; this causes a crack or fracture.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a painful condition where the nerves in your wrist are compressed. Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are:

  • Burning or tingling sensations in your fingers
  • Numbness in your hands and arms
  • Difficulty gripping objects
  • Trouble making a fist
  • Frequently dropping objects
  • Overall weakness in your hands and wrists

In America, this medical condition is the largest single contributor to lost time at work.

Tendonitis

This condition often surfaces when a worker is engaged in a repetitive motion day after day. With tendonitis, your tendon gradually becomes tighter and tighter until the fibers that make up your tendons begin to tear. This common workplace injury usually impacts employees whose jobs include continual:

  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Squatting
  • Pushing

The most common tendon areas that become aggravated and inflamed include the:

  • Wrist
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Biceps
  • Legs
  • Knees
  • Hips
  • Ankles
  • Achilles

Chronic Pain

There are many work-related injuries that can lead to chronic pain. This injury is characterized by painful, on-the-job injuries that last for at least two months after the date of injury.

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) usually results from an accident or blow to the head. These devastating injuries can affect your physical, cognitive and psychological abilities. Most traumatic brain injuries result in widespread damage to the brain, because your brain rattles inside your skull during a severe accident. These injuries often require life-long medical treatment and therapy.

Toxic Mold

Many health care professionals refer to toxic mold as the “new asbestos,” as there are many health risks associated with its exposure. Some of these include:

  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Heart problems
  • Bleeding in the lungs
  • Learning disabilities
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Cancer
  • Lupus
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Helping Injured Workers

Serving Daytona, Melbourne and Orlando, Florida, Orlando personal injury firm of The Gordon Law Firm have successfully won countless claims involving common and uncommon workplace injuries. We can win your claim as well. If you live in the Orlando area, please schedule a workers compensation case review today.