Most Common Workers’ Comp Claims

If you get injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation under Iowa law. Workers’ compensation provides coverage for medical bills and a portion of your lost wages for the time you are unable to work. If you are unable to return to your job, workers’ comp can provide benefits to cover you long-term as well. Unfortunately, obtaining the benefits you deserve is rarely a simple process. As a result, we recommend that all injured workers hire an experienced attorney to help with their claims. In this article, we highlight some of the most common types and causes of workplace injuries. To find out more about specific types of injuries, you can also read our FAQsIowa's Workers' Compensation Attorneys - Pothitakis Law Firm.

Have You Suffered Any of These Injuries?

If you’ve suffered any of these injuries, you are not alone. The following are some of the most common injuries that lead to workers’ compensation claims in Iowa and nationwide:
  • Overexertion – Lifting, pulling, pushing, or performing other tasks that strain your body can lead to a wide range of injuries.
  • Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls – Falls of all kinds can cause serious, and in many cases life-changing, injuries.
  • Auto Accident Injuries – If you are involved in a vehicle collision while driving for work, you can seek workers’ compensation for your injuries.
  • Injuries from Machinery Accidents and Defects – Employees who spend their days working with heavy machinery face a constant risk of serious injury.
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries – You don’t have to be injured in an accident in order to receive workers’ compensation. Carpal tunnel, trigger finger, tennis elbow, and other types of repetitive stress injuries can occur over extended periods of time.

OSHA’s Top 10 Most-Frequently Cited Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency responsible for setting and enforcing standards for workplace safety. However, it is not necessary for your employer to violate OSHA standards in order for you to receive workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system in Iowa, which means that you can claim benefits even if your employer wasn’t to blame for your injuries. Still, many work-related injuries result from employers’ failure to meet the appropriate standards. The following are OSHA’s top-10 most common safety violations:
  1. Inadequate fall protection on construction sites
  2. Inadequate hazard communication standards
  3. Dangerous scaffolding
  4. Failure to provide respiratory protection
  5. Industrial truck violations
  6. Lockout and tagout issues with hazardous energy sources
  7. Dangerous ladders
  8. Issues with electrical wiring, components, and equipment
  9. Inadequate machine guarding and other machinery issues
  10. Electrical system design
If you have suffered an injury at work due to one of these or any other cause, you need to act quickly. Learn about what to do when you suffer a workplace injury.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Pothitakis Law Firm Today

At Pothitakis Law Firm, we provide aggressive representation for individuals who have suffered job-related injuries. With offices in Burlington and Keokuk, we serve clients throughout southeast Iowa. To find out if you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, please contact us today.
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