Is Overexertion the Most Common Work Injury?
While there are many different kinds of workplace injuries, there are some that are more common than others, particularly in different professions. Though the statistics various by state and region, the most common form of workplace injury is caused by overexertion. This is particularly a risk in Florida, where the warm climate creates a greater risk for the various forms and symptoms of overexertion.
What exactly is overexertion? Overexertion is caused when a person pushes his or herself past one’s own physical limits. This may not sound like something one aims to do and that’s because it’s not. The vast majority of the time, overexertion is caused accidentally by a person not knowing where such limits lie or not realizing they are approaching them. A common example of this might be a person attempting to lift a heavy box, not being able to, and hurting his or her back in the process.
Overexertion can also be more easily caused under poor environmental conditions. This is most common during the hot times of the year and for people who work outdoors, but it can happen any time. This is why it is so important for construction workers and all others who fall under this category to stay hydrated and take breaks as necessary. It is also important to know safety protocols and procedures for handling large objects and heavy equipment and take measures to prevent an injury before it happens.
Even if all is done properly, workplace injuries caused by overexertion can still occur. If these or any other kind of injuries do happen while on the job, you are entitled to receive compensation for those injuries from your employer. If you require assistance in winning benefits that have been initially denied to you, we at the Franco Law Firm are here to help. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call (813) 872-0929.