Despite sounding somewhat minor, foot and ankle injuries can be debilitating. They can occur as the result of a single incident (acute), or from repetitive movement/overuse (chronic). They can occur anywhere – even the workplace.
Foot and ankle injuries can severely affect and even limit a worker’s ability to do their job. In fact, in severe cases, they can even lead to permanent disability. In 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 60,000 foot injuries per year resulted in lost work days.
Some of the common causes of foot and ankle injuries in the workplace include:
The most common of these accidents in the workplace are slip and fall accidents. Although these types of accidents can occur just about anywhere, there are certain jobs in which workers are more prone to incur a related injury:
Workplace injuries may include:
It is important to know what it is that you can do to prevent these injuries. The most important thing is to find appropriate footwear. When possible, you should wear shoes with stiff soles and good arch support which are slip-resistant.
It is also equally important to perform a hazard assessment, clearing away debris and putting away tools and materials to minimize any issues. Finally, employers must properly train employees to comply with all workplace policies.
If you or a loved one has suffered a foot or ankle injury in the workplace, it is important to protect yourself from the losses that you may incur. That is why seeking out an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer of Gross & Kenny, LLP can make a big difference. For a free consultation, call 267-589-0090 of contact us online today. From our Philadelphia office, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania