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Traumatic injuries are a problem for American workers

On almost any given day, a Texas resident may suffer an injury while performing the tasks of their job. Many workplace injuries are minor, such as the papercuts that individuals may get from filing documents or the bruises they may acquire when they walk into tables or other equipment or furniture. More serious injuries can result when workers trip, slip and fall on the job, and in some cases, workers may even suffer traumatic injuries when significant accidents threaten their well-being.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 25% of non-fatal workplace injuries result from slips and falls and that those injuries often result in workers having to take time away from their jobs to heal. Slips and trips can result in more than stubbed toes: broken bones and other serious trauma can result when workers fall while doing their work.

Additionally, the same report indicates that more than 1,200 Americans died in work-related vehicle accidents in 2016. As readers of this Houston-based personal injury blog know, motor vehicle accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage and other serious forms of harm. Traumatic injuries can happen to workers in many different contexts and from many different causes.

After suffering a workplace injury, it is important that a person seeks medical treatment to have their ailment assessed. This may later help them prepare a claim for compensation in the event that they lose time from work or suffer financial losses due to the costs of their medical care. From minor harm to serious traumas, American workers suffer injuries at a high rate and should be aware of their rights when workplace accidents affect them.

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