Workplace injuries are more common that they should be, and in most cases, they are preventable. Each year, hundreds of workers suffer catastrophic work-related injuries, and are rendered disabled for the rest of their lives. In this post, we will discuss some of the most commonly reported catastrophic workplace injuries:
Blunt force trauma injuries: These type of injuries are caused by a large force or impact on a particular body part. These injuries could be a result of a fall or being stuck by moving machinery or falling object. Although not all blunt force trauma injuries are serious, some injuries can involve serious complications such as a major contusion.
Brain injuries: Work related head injuries can occur as a result of being stuck by falling equipment or debris or a fall from height. High quality head protection can prevent such accidents, and it is the duty of employers to provide adequate protection and train workers on their correct use.
Crush injuries: In industrial workplaces, the worker’s body part(s) can get crushed between two solid objects such as parts of machinery, and this often causes catastrophic injuries. Although the injuries may be restricted to a small body part such as a finger, in most cases such injuries involve large parts of the worker’s body. These injuries can prove severe, life threatening, and even fatal. It can cause heavy blood loss and crushing of bones, blood vessels, and nerves.
Severed limb/amputation: In industrial setups, the workers are exposed to dangers such as moving equipment, shears, sharp edges and cutting blades. An accident involving any of these hazards can severe the limbs or cause a cut or wound so bad that it necessitates amputation. For this reason, employers need to put in place necessary safe mechanisms, and employees should be trained on proper operation and safe maintenance, setup, cleaning, and changeover of machinery.
Eye injuries: In United States, approximately 2,000 eye injuries occur at workplaces each day. These injuries can occur when small particles of metal, cement, or word splinters enter the eye. Eye injuries can also occur from blunt force trauma that causes damage to the eye ball. Laser burns and chemical splashes too can cause serious eye injuries. Serious eye injuries can leave the worker visually impaired.
Head injuries: Head injuries are particularly dangerous as it is that part of the body that hosts the most important and sensitive organ: the brain. These injuries can result from blunt force trauma, fall, being stuck by an object or a collapsing structure. These injuries are often life threatening.
Back or neck injury: Lifting or carrying heavy loads or a trauma such as falls, collapsing structures or falling objects can cause musculoskeletal disorders that can have long-term, disabling effects.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury at the workplace, chances are that you need long term treatment and lifelong care. So, it is best to consult a qualified St. Louis worker compensation lawyer, who can help ensure that you get the benefits you are entitled to. Call (314) 361-4300 to schedule a free case evaluation