No one goes to work planning to get injured; however, work injuries do occur in the workplace. This is why most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance—to cover workers from injuries they sustain on the jobsite.
Although there are many different types of work-related injuries that qualify for Florida workers’ compensation benefits, two of the top ten workers’ compensation injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, include struck by object injuries and struck against an object injuries.
Struck by an Object
In a struck by an object accident, a worker can get injured when something is dropped from above. For example, something may fall off of an overhead shelf or a worker may drop an item onto a co-worker on a lower level. Sometimes, workers who are struck by an object are hit by equipment swinging through the air.
Struck Against an Object
In a struck against an object accident, an employee may accidentally run into an object or is forced into a stationary object like office furniture, a wall, or piece of equipment.
Who Is Affected by These Types of Workplace Injuries?
Any worker such as an office worker, factory worker, warehouse worker, restaurant worker, or retail worker could become a victim of a struck by or struck against object accident. However, some workers more than others are at higher risk of suffering struck by object injuries on the job including:
- Construction workers
- Iron workers
Being struck by an object or striking an object can result in catastrophic injuries that can include broken bones, internal injuries, neck and back injuries, and head and brain injuries. When injuries like these occur, injured workers may need surgery, physical therapy, extensive treatment, and time off of work.
Unfortunately, injured workers often receive the runaround from workers’ compensation carriers. If you are having a hard time getting access to your rightful benefits to treat your injuries and compensate you for lost wages and time off of work, you should speak with an experienced Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyer. Even if the accident was your fault, you are still entitled to certain workers’ compensation benefits under the law.
At the Law Offices of David Benenfeld, we have helped numerous injured workers obtain the compensation they need and deserve, and we can help you get access to your rightful benefits. Contact us today or call [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] for a free consultation with a knowledgeable Florida workers’ compensation attorney.