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Addressing Minnesota’s two most common work-related injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 1, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

When hard at work, an injury is the last thing any worker wants. But if they’re part of Minnesota’s top industrial productions such as manufacturing, construction or health care, the risk of injury is often higher. For example, a mining worker is more likely to sustain a work-related injury than someone working in a less physically demanding industry, such as retail or office work.

Certain industries just carry more risks, leading to the most common injuries among workers.

Sprains, strains and tears

Sprains, strains and tears are common in physically demanding jobs. It’s so common that these injuries make up 20% of the cases that led to workers needing one or more days off work in 2022. Workers often have to lift extremely heavy objects or climb and step off high ladders. Not only is this risky, but it can also lead to them straining their back or spraining an ankle.

These common injuries are not only painful but often require medical treatment and time off work.

Soreness and pain

Soreness and pain are another common type of workplace injury. They can show up as a backache from lifting heavy things or joints hurting from doing the same movement over and over. Diagnosing and treating these types of injuries can be challenging.

But workers need to pay attention to things like constant pain or discomfort and not ignore them. This allows them to get the treatment they need before these injuries become chronic.

These injuries under workers’ compensation

Workers dealing with strains, pains or soreness from work-related injuries should consider applying for workers’ compensation. This can cover their costs like medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and even lost wages while they’re unable to work and in recovery. But, starting a claim can be overwhelming due to its complexity and the many requirements, such as reporting the injury on time and providing the right medical documentation. So, injured workers should consider seeking help from an attorney who’s experienced in workers’ compensation. A legal professional can guide them through filing a claim and protect their rights during the process.

Always remember, workers have rights when work-related injuries happen, and resources are available to help them recover and get back on their feet.

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