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What are the most common types of work injuries?

It doesn't matter what type of job you work, there is always a chance that you could be involved in an accident.

It goes without saying that some industries, such as construction, are more dangerous than others. Even so, regardless of your job and responsibilities, you should realize that an accident could happen when you least expect it.

Here are some of the most common types of work injuries:

-- Broken bones and fractures

-- Burns from explosions or fires

-- Cuts from tools, machinery, nails and other sharp items

-- Eye injuries, such as from a flying object

-- Spinal cord injuries, such as paralysis, often caused by a slip and fall

-- Toxic exposure

-- Repetitive stress injuries, such as from using a computer on a daily basis for many years

While these may be the most common types of work injuries, you could suffer another type at your place of employment.

As an employee, you should always do your best to avoid an accident that could cause an injury. You should also expect your employer to take steps in providing a safe working environment.

If you suffer an injury on the job, don't wait to receive medical attention. Immediate care can help ensure a better long-term outlook.

Also, there may come a time when you need to consider the financial implications of your accident. If your injury puts you out of work, you may want to learn more about filing a workers' compensation claim. This can help you financially until you can return to your job.

Source: FindLaw, "Common Construction Injury Types," accessed Nov. 17, 2016

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