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Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyer Top Five Workers Comp Injuries

Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyer: What are the Top Five Workers Comp Injuries suffered by injured workers? I generally begin my work day at the office by reading different articles and news stories about workers compensation claims throughout America. The other day I was reading an article published by an insurance journal which listed the top 5 injury claims involved in workers compensation claims, and what struck me is that the overwhelming majority of reported job injuries are minor in nature.

The top five injuries claimed are as follows: muscle sprains (30%), cuts (29%), contusions (12%), inflammation (5%) and bone fractures (5%). These injuries account for 71% of all reported work injury claims. Many of these claims do not result in lost time from work. In fact, many workers do not realize that a workers compensation claim was filed on their minor injury. I had one case years ago in which we had to file suit, and at my client's deposition the defendant tried to paint them as someone who was constantly filing workers compensation claims. Upon closer examination, most of the earlier "claims" were for having splinters or something caught in their eye, events in which my client never saw a doctor, but merely saw the company nurse and never missed anytime from work.

Serious injuries such as herniated discs, torn rotator cuffs or traumatic brain injuries are not terribly common, which may explain in part why workers compensation insurance carriers do such a bad job in handling serious injuries. The adjusters are used to being able to send an injured worker to a doctor 2 or 3 times and then close their files. When more serious injuries occur, they still try to push the injured worker through their treatment as though the injury was extremely minor in nature, and this angers the injured worker, who just wants the medical treatment they require in order for them to recover from their workplace injury so they can get back to work.

Injured workers are not seeking a payday when they report a work injury. The majority of injured workers would never consult an attorney if they received the treatment they are entitled to by law, but when the health and the welfare of their family is threatened, they have to do what they can to protect themselves.

If you or a loved one suffered an injury at work and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers' Compensation benefits, don't hesitate to contact and talk with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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