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Are you protected against these common workplace injuries?

Regardless of your position or industry, or how many hours you work, there is always the chance that you could be injured on the job.

There is no denying the fact that some industries are more dangerous than others. For example, there is a greater risk of injury in the construction industry. Even so, you could be injured even if you work in an office setting.

Some of the most common workplace injuries include:

-- Broken bones and fractures

-- Burns, such as the result of an explosion or fire

-- Cuts and deep lacerations

-- Eye injuries

-- Loss of hearing

-- Shoulder and knee injuries

-- Back and neck injuries

-- Traumatic brain injury, including concussion

-- Toxic exposure

As you can imagine, these injuries can be the result of many types of accidents. For example, a back injury could happen when lifting an item that is too heavy. Someone could suffer a serious burn in an explosion.

As an employee, you should do whatever it takes to remain safe throughout the workday. You should also make sure your employer is doing its part in protecting your safety and well-being.

If you are injured in a workplace accident, don't hesitate to receive medical attention. Along with this, report it to your supervisor as soon as possible.

From there, you can learn more about your legal rights. You may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits or a lawsuit to help you receive compensation for your injuries and other damages. An attorney can provide you with the guidance you need to make the right choices.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed Feb. 15, 2017

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