The U.S. Bureau of Labor estimates that orthopedic disorders, including sprains, strains, or tears account for 37% of total workplace injuries in America.
Although many consider these injuries to be innocuous, or at the very least not worthy of taking time off or a workers’ compensation claim, they cost employers as much as $18 billion each year in direct costs.
What are the Most Common North Carolina Orthopedic-Related Work Injuries?
Because orthopedic injuries can result from virtually any kind of workplace accident, they are relatively common.
And while some may be temporary, many orthopedic injuries can impact the way people live their lives and, if permanent, may force workers to quit their jobs and seek expensive medical care.
Some of the most common orthopedic-related work injuries may include:
- Reaction Injuries
Reaction injuries are commonly caused by bending, reaching, slipping, or tripping. These injuries can occur from an awkward position to perform work, a hazardous work area, or when workers are rushed or surprised by a change in their surroundings.
- Overexertion Injuries
Overexertion injuries occur when a person pushes their body past its physical limits. These dangerous injuries can result from holding, carrying, lifting, pulling, throwing, or pushing movements that are common in warehouse and fulfillment work throughout North Carolina.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
When a job requires an employee to complete repeated movements frequently throughout the workday, it can lead to what is called a repetitive motion injury. For instance, assembly line work can strain the muscles and tendons in the hands and wrists, and loaders who spend their days lifting and stacking can suffer serious shoulder, elbow, and arm damage from rotator cuff tears, or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Orthopedic injuries can be painful and require extensive surgery and physical therapy, both of which can cost thousands of dollars over time. If your injuries are work related, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim to cover your medical costs, wage replacement based on your worker impairment rating, and potentially a permanent partial disability rating.
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