Whether a person works at a construction site, factory, grocery store, or an office, he/she faces the danger of workplace injuries. Even though many Texas businesses take advantage of opting out of workers’ compensation insurance and become non-subscriber employers, they still face responsibility for workers who suffer injuries on the job.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), there were 4,585 worker deaths in 2013. Common causes of on-the-job accidents include falling on wet or cracked floors, falling from roofs, ladders, and tall buildings, and having body parts, hair or clothes caught in parts of machinery.
Seven Injuries Caused by On-the-Job Accidents
Many workers risk serious injuries daily from their jobs; even jobs that don’t seem dangerous often come with risk. Some common injuries a victim could suffer are:
- Head injuries. These can include concussions, traumatic brain injuries, skull and facial fractures, and facial lacerations. Even a small head injury can cause life-altering changes to a person’s thinking, movements, emotions, and behaviors, and he may never be able to return to work.
- Neck and back injuries. These can include herniated disks, broken vertebrae, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash. Many workers suffering these injuries could require surgery to repair the damage and may still experience life-long pain, numbness, or paralysis.
- Bone injuries. These can include broken bones and dislocated bones and joints. These injuries often require surgery, which could involve inserting a metal rod or pin into the bone to hold it together. Recovery from bone injuries could take months, and the injured worker may have life-long limitations on his physical activities.
- Amputated or crushed limbs. These can include the loss of or serious damage to a leg, arm, hand, foot, fingers, or toes. Losing a limb can be devastating to a worker, and often he will be at least partially disabled for the rest of his life.
- Soft tissue injuries. These can include the stretching or tearing of muscles, tendons, or ligaments and may not be apparent for some time after the accident, but the pain and swelling will increase over time. If untreated, these injuries can become lingering, long-term problems.
- Burns. These can be caused by workplace fires, explosions, and chemical spills and can cause disfiguring, permanent scars. They often are extremely painful and will require multiple skin grafts to repair at least some of the damage. The psychological trauma can be as bad as the physical injuries for a burn victim.
- Repetitive stress injuries. These can include tendonitis, carpel tunnel syndrome, or bursitis, which is the irritation of a liquid-filled sac between tissues near the knee, elbow, shoulder, hip, or Achilles tendon. An injured worker could require surgery to repair the damage and could become permanently disabled.
Work injuries can cause major, life-altering injuries and just the medical and rehabilitation costs can be very expensive. However, a non-subscriber employer who opts out of workers’ compensation could be responsible for the worker’s injuries if they were caused on the job.
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