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The Hidden And Not So Hidden Dangers Of Work Environments

Thousands across Florida are injured or become ill due to their work environment every year. While many think of construction sites, factories, and other similar environments as particularly hazardous, an injury can occur in any type of workplace. For those who have sustained an injury in any type of Florida workplace, you likely have the right to file a claim under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws, a law that obligates Florida employers to maintain workers’ compensation insurance coverage just in case any employee is injured or made ill while on the job.

Common Florida Jobs For Workplace Injuries

Some workplace settings are more common than others when it comes to workplace injuries, and these are the ones we typically think of first when we think of hazardous work environments. For example, on construction sites, a worker could become injured from heavy equipment, they may fall from a roof or scaffolding, they could fall through a floor, they could become entangled in equipment, or they could even sustain injuries from direct contact with power lines above or underground.

Construction sites aren’t the only hazardous work environments where employees are more likely to need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Truck drivers on the road could face injuries after an accident caused by a negligent party. Those who own or work on farms could find themselves injured when caught in equipment or working on farm buildings, maintenance workers can slip on surfaces or face chemical hazards, and factory workers could find themselves involved in accidents involving heavy machinery. Accidents within any of these environments have the potential to cause serious and life altering injuries.

Office Settings Are Not Exempt

While many don’t think of office work as particularly dangerous work, that doesn’t mean employees are guaranteed to never experience an accident and subsequent injury within their office environment. Office environment injuries aren’t like to involve falling from a great height or heavy machinery, but they can still be quite damaging and require medical attention. Some common office job injuries include:

• Soft tissue injuries – Soft tissue injuries can be notoriously difficult to deal with, and they cause a great deal of pain without appearing as though there is anything wrong from the outside. These types of injuries include sprains and strains of the neck, back, knees, elbows, or wrists, and they can have many different causes. Slouching, poor chairs or office equipment, or repetitive administrative tasks can all cause these types of injuries.

• Slip and fall injuries – Chords running along the floor, slippery areas, or rippled carpet can all cause slip and fall injuries in the office. While many of these types of accidents will result in benign bumps and bruises, they can become more serious and require medical attention. Broken bones, head injuries, and soft tissue injuries can all result from a slip and fall injury.

• Eye strain – Eyes weren’t meant to stare into bright screens day in and day out, and this is often what is required of many office workers. Eye strain can lead to degenerative eye conditions and damage to eyesight, which could result in needing costly surgeries or treatments down the road.

• Repetitive use injuries – Repetitive use injuries are the result of performing the same tasks over and over again, like typing, and they could lead to the need for corrective surgery, physical therapy, or other types of medical attention.

If you’ve been injured in the workplace, it’s important to get the compensation you deserve. The assistance of a personal injury attorney can give you the peace of mind that your workers’ compensation claim will cover your damages, and get you back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

The Hidden And Not So Hidden Dangers Of Work Environments

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