Types of Worker Accidents

If you were injured in any type of workplace accident, the Virginia workers’ compensation system is designed to ensure that your medical bills are covered and that you receive disability income while you recover.

Making a work injury claim can be complicated, but Geoff McDonald & Associates, P.C., is here to help people throughout Virginia get the benefits they deserve. We can assist in making a claim, resolving benefit disputes or appealing a claim denial.

Call our main office in Richmond, VA , our workers’ compensation attorneys in Roanoke, Virginia, or contact us online now if you were hurt in any kind of on-the-job accident. We offer free claim reviews and advice about your legal options.

Common Accidents in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Workers’ compensation benefits may be available for any type of illness or injury that occurs due to work. Some common types of workplace accidents are responsible for the vast majority of work-related injury claims.

The most common types of workplace accidents that cause disabling injuries include:

  • Overexertion, including excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and throwing.
  • Falling on the same level.
  • Bodily reaction injuries, including injuries caused by bending, reaching, climbing, standing, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling.
  • Falls to a lower level.
  • Being struck by an object.
  • Being struck against an object.
  • Repetitive-motion injuries, which are injuries that result from repeated stress or strain on the body.
  • Car accidents.
  • Being caught by or compressed in something.
  • Assault or workplace violence.

It’s not always clear whether an injury – particularly those involving repetitive motion – is covered. If you have a repetitive motion injury, call us and we can help you determine whether your injury is covered.

The top five causes of workplace injury accounted for 73.1 percent of all costs associated with workplace injuries in one recent year, according to the Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Overexertion alone totaled $13.61 billion in direct costs.

The billions spent treating workplace injuries show how important it is for every worker to get the workers’ compensation benefits he or she deserves after getting hurt.

Injuries can happen across all industries and across all fields, but some are more likely to occur in certain jobs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) indicates that 19.6 percent of all fatal workplace injuries in 2012 happened in construction. The vast majority of these injuries were caused by:

  • Falls.
  • Being struck by an object.
  • Electrocutions.
  • Being caught in or between objects.

These top causes of accidents are referred to by OSHA as “Construction’s Fatal Four.”

Workplace Accident in Virginia? Talk to Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers

If you were harmed in any way while you were doing your job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that could help you pay your medical bills and make up lost wages.

It is up to you to take action, report your injury and claim the benefits you deserve. The process of securing benefits can be complex, even though Virginia law is designed to protect injured workers.

At Geoff McDonald & Associates, our attorneys have decades of experience representing workers who were hurt in many kinds of on-the-job accidents. We are prepared to fight to get you the benefits you deserve. We charge legal fees only if we get you compensation for your work-injury losses.

Call or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help.