The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 2.9 million work-related injuries and illnesses occur every year in America. There are a variety of causes for these incidents, with variances across a multitude of different industries. In order to understand your personal risk for workplace injury, we need to evaluate how common these injuries are and how they relate to your unique employment situation. By analyzing the frequency of these injuries across different professions and industries, you can better prepare yourself for these costly legal situations and also understand the importance of consulting with a worker’s compensation lawyer in the event that they do occur.
According to data provided by Fortune.com, some of the leading industries for non-fatal injuries to workers are air transportation, courier services, wood manufacturing, hospital care, and animal production. The risk varies from industry to industry, with air transportation accounting for 5.8 injuries per 100 employees and agricultural staff in animal production having as many as 6.8 incidents per 100 workers. Laborers in the construction and logging industries, along with truck drivers moving freight, are the positions commonly shown to be the most at risk for lethal injuries. To put this in perspective, heavy tractor trailer drivers accounted for 745 fatalities in 2015. While the majority of these injuries do occur in more labor intensive sectors operating heavy machinery, nursing assistants and couriers remained high-risk positions as well due to the unpredictable environments in which they are employed.
It’s also important to understand the most common types of injuries that workers experience while on the job. Overexertion while lifting or pushing objects accounts for as much as 23% of injuries per year, followed by slip and falls at 17.7%. One statistic to keep an eye on is that three percent of worker’s compensation claims are related to stress and trauma overtime, so if you are in a work environment that requires you to perform repetitive stressful motions, you need to be prepared for the possibility that you might need to file a compensation claim in the future. And yet even in the best possible working conditions, the unpredictable nature of daily life can lead to long-term absences year from other work-related injuries and illnesses which can greatly encumber us both physically and financially.
In the event that you do fall victim to a work-related injury, regardless of your occupation or industry, it is extremely important to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer to ensure that your claim is filed in a timely and effective manner. Many workers fail to even report their injuries within the allotted time-frames, which puts their claim greatly at risk. At Huber & Palsir, LLC, we have over 20 years of experience handling worker compensation cases in the state of Pennsylvania. Our firm stands ready to support you for any of your personal injury or worker compensation related needs.
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