Workplace injuries can be caused by many types of equipment malfunctions or other safety failures due to negligence of employers, contractors, business owners or fellow workers.
As for what are some different types of work injuries, one extremely serious work injury is amputation of a finger, hand, arm, toe, foot or leg. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, as many as 10,000 American workers yearly are victims of an amputation injury.
Other severe workplace injuries can include TBI, or traumatic brain injury, as well as spinal cord injury, which can result in paralysis. Such injuries often are permanent and life-changing, which makes their costs far greater.
Workers also may suffer a variety of other workplace injuries, including crushed or mangled limbs, broken bones, burns, electrical shocks, falls and even benzene exposure, which can cause cancers such as leukemia and can be life-threatening.
As for what your rights are if you get injured at work, you have a legal right to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer who carries such insurance. You also have a right in some cases to file a work injury lawsuit against a contractor, fellow worker or business owner, or against an employer who doesn’t carry workers’ comp.