Richmond Attorney Looks at Overexertion and Other Top Causes of Workplace Injury

If you have suffered an overexertion injury or any other injury at work, contact a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney with the Injured Workers Law Firm. Work injuries caused by overexertion are the most costly type of employment injury, accounting for more than 25 percent of annually distributed Workers’ Compensation payments according to a report.

The five leading causes of workplace injury, according to Liberty Mutual’s Workplace Safety Index, make up nearly 72 percent of the nation’s Workers’ Compensation costs in 2009. At number one, overexertion injuries amounted to $12.7 billion in annual Workers’ Compensation costs. If you have suffered an overexertion injury, file a work injury claim so you may recover compensation to help with recovery.

The second injury in Liberty Mutual’s index is “fall on same level” injuries. The cost of this type of fall injury was $7.94 billion. Third, “fall to a lower level” injuries cost $5.35 billion in annual Workers’ Compensation awards. Fourth, bodily reaction injuries, which some may confuse with overexertion injuries, cost $5.28 billion in 2009.

Bodily reaction injuries can be caused by: 

  • bending;
  • reaching;
  • climbing;
  • slipping or tripping without falling; trip-fall
  • standing; and
  • sitting.

Finally, workers’ comp costs for workers struck by an object in the workplace amounted to $4.64 billion. Whether you worked your body to exhaustion or injury or if an unexpected injury occurred from equipment striking you or performing in a faulty manner, you did not deserve to be hurt at work and can recoup costs for the trauma.

If you have suffered any of these or other workplace injuries, a Richmond Workers’ Compensation attorney with the Injured Workers Law Firm may be able to help with your work injury claim. An attorney familiar with work injury law and your type of injury could be a great asset in your claim. Contact an attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm today for a free consultation. Call us at 1-877-755-7744.


About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia.If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.