The world of workplace injuries

You may not know it, but workplace injuries are common. Not only are they common, but they can encompass a large number of possible injuries.

What do you think of when you read “workplace injury”? I bet it’s an image of something extreme, like a massive stack of newspapers falling on someone, with them lying on the ground moaning. That is, of course, one form of workplace injury, but it’s by no means the only one, nor is it necessarily the most common.

And sure, serious injuries like broken bones and even things like limb amputation do happen, particularly in some more dangerous industries, but far more common, and far more overlooked are the less dramatic types of injuries that we either shrug off or don’t see coming.

Did you know spraining your ankle can be a workplace injury? If you sprained it while fulfilling your duties at work, it could count. Let’s say you were required to lift a new printer and install it for your offer, and you pulled your back a bit, that’s also a workplace injury.

Other smaller injuries still worth of being called workplace injuries include bruises and cuts. Again, if you were required to install that printer and you cut yourself with the box cutter, that’s a workplace injury. A bruise when you dropped the old printer on your foot while taking it to the trash: that’s also a workplace injury.

Slow and long-term injuries like carpal tunnel are also workplace injuries, particularly if they were sustained mostly from the activities you did at work.

It’s important that we begin to recognize such accidents as deserving to be called workplace injuries because every day many people shrug off such incidents and don’t get the compensation or rest they are entitled to. If you’ve bruised your foot badly after dropping that printer, you are entitled to getting it looked at and taking the time off your doctor says is necessary. Don’t just shrug off such incidents. Don’t return to work and blame yourself. The law is set up to protect you, even if the accident is relatively minor.

A great deal of pain is struggled through by those who don’t realize their rights. A burn when walking past the deep fryer deserves to be looked at by a doctor and treated properly. If you ignore it, you may suffer from pain and end up with a scar. Don’t just laugh this off and assume no one will help ease your suffering.

Once you recognize your rights, you’ll be able to not only watch out for yourself better, but watch out for your fellow employees who may also suffer similar problems.

There are a few important notes to add at the end here: there has to be some negligence on the employers’ part to entitle compensation (not necessarily time off or a doctor’s visit, but further compensation). Also, don’t go looking for injuries to earn time off, the results can often be more devastating than you intended.

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