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Most Common Types of Workers' Compensation Injuries

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

On-the-job injuries can happen when you least expect it. You may be in the course of performing basic tasks or work you do on a daily basis. You may even be in a job or career field in which the chance of being hurt on the job seems slim. Regardless of your occupation or the type of work you do, on-the-job accidents can occur and can result in serious, potentially debilitating injuries. Workers’ compensation helps injured workers deal with issues related to on-the-job injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and dealing with temporary or even permanent disabilities. Work-related injuries can occur at any time, and it is important to be aware of the most common types and causes of these injuries to ensure you stay safe while on the job.

Most Common Causes of On-The-Job Injuries

While some on-the-job injuries are minor, others are more severe and require multiple days off the job before the injured employee has recovered enough to return to work. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workers in this country suffered over 1.1 million work-related injuries requiring days off work in 2014. These injuries were spread out over both private industries as well as state and local government employees. While police and firefighters, medical care providers, workers in the construction field and those in the transportation industry all had higher than average on-the-job injuries and work-related illnesses, the common causes of these injuries and illnesses can affect workers in any field. According to the BLS, the most common causes of work-related injuries in 2014 include the following:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Being struck by or against something
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Burns, cuts, and lacerations
  • Overuse injuries
  • Workplace violence

Injuries That May Be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation

The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Program provides benefits to workers who are injured during the course of their employment. The types of benefits provided include payment for medical expenses arising out of your injury or illness, reimbursement for lost wages, and compensation for any disfigurement or disabilities. The types of injuries that may be covered under workers’ compensation include the following:

  • Muscle or tendon strains, sprains, and tears
  • Bone fractures
  • Repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injuries
  • Back injuries, including ruptured or herniated disks
  • Injuries and scarring as the result of thermal and chemical burns
  • Diseases caused by exposure to toxic substances, such as asthma or certain cancers
  • Heart disease and/or strokes that are work-related
  • Certain types of mental health conditions associated with employment

Contact Us Regarding Workers’ Compensation

If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or suffered a job-related illness, contact our experienced South Carolina attorneys immediately. At Anastopoulo Law Firm we help assist clients in getting the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve. We have offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, and our attorneys will fight for your rights and can help you get the benefits you need during this difficult time to recuperate and adjust to your injury. Call or contact us online for a free consultation.


North Charleston, SC

2170 Ashley Phosphate Rd, 3rd Floor
North Charleston, SC 29406
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Phone: (843) 202-4511

Charleston, SC

32 Ann Street
Charleston, SC 29403
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Phone: (843) 202-4357

Columbia, SC

1201 Main Street Ste. 1100
Columbia, SC 29201
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Phone: (803) 205-2595

Myrtle Beach, SC

2411 N. Oak Street Ste. 407,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
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Phone: (843) 202-4776

Florence, SC

150 W. Evans Street
Florence, SC 29501
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Phone: (843) 202-4791

Greenville, SC

418 River Street
Greenville, SC 29601
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Phone: (864) 207-4042

Wilmington, NC

1213 Culbreth Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405
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Phone: (910) 294-3242