Every day in the United States, 12,900 people are injured at work. An on-the-job injury is often painful and costly, leading to lost hours on the job and expensive medical bills.
Unfortunately, many workplace injuries are entirely preventable. Even though workers are guaranteed the right to a safe workplace by federal law, accidents happen every day, leaving employees to find a way to cope with the fallout.
At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we believe that if you have suffered a workplace injury, you deserve to be compensated for all the losses stemming from that injury. We represent injured workers to make sure they are treated fairly after an on-the-job injury.
Top 10 Types of Workplace Accidents
We also believe that by knowing how accidents happen, workers and employers can work together to prevent them from occurring. A report by Liberty Mutual reveals the top 10 causes of disabling injuries in the workplace:
- Overexertion involving outside source – 24.4 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Falls on same level – 16.4 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Falls to lower level – 8.7 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Struck by object or equipment – 8.6 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Other exertions or bodily reactions – 6.7 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicle – 4.8 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Slip or trip without fall – 3.8 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Caught in or compressed by equipment or objects – 3.2 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Struck against object or equipment – 3 percent of most disabling workplace injuries
- Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks – 2.9 percent of most disabling workplace injuries.
The direct costs of all disabling workplace injuries accidents totaled nearly $62 billion in workers’ compensation benefits. The top five injuries listed above accounted for nearly 65 percent of the total cost burden. Those numbers are staggering, but they fail to demonstrate just how devastating an injury can be to a single worker.
When Accidents Lead to Serious Injuries
In many workplace accidents, an employee’s injuries might be minor and lead to no time missed at work. However, some accidents lead to extremely serious injuries and workers suffer the consequences for several years. Some of the most serious on-the-job injuries include…
- Compound fractures
- Internal injuries
- Wrongful death.
These injuries have effects that go well beyond the immediate consequences of a workplace accident. For example, if a construction worker falls at work and suffers a spinal cord injury, they will lose time at work, lose income and potentially lose the ability to work at full capacity in the long-term future. This puts a strain on the worker’s ability to pay medical bills. It could also prevent them from meeting their everyday financial obligations, such as rent, food or housing.
If You’re Injured at Work, Consider All Your Options
Ideally, a worker who suffers an injury on the job will be given payment in the form of workers’ compensation benefits. However, some workers find these benefits to be lacking in covering their damages. In some cases, workers who aren’t classified as “employees” are denied benefits entirely. This is often the case when a worker is classified as an independent contractor, for example.
Regardless of how your employer classifies you or who was at fault for your injuries, you should consider all the legal options at your disposal. This might involve pursuing the matter with your employer’s insurance company or filing a claim against a third party who is responsible for the injury. If you are injured and your employer does not have workers’ compensation coverage, you can file a personal injury claim to get the payment you deserve.
If you or your loved one has had a workplace accident, you deserve to be provided for. Gone untreated, the long-term side effects of any personal injury can be debilitating and painful, and often lead to loss of income. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, our workplace accidents attorneys will fight to enforce your rights and get you the help that you need. The consultation is free, and we charge no fee unless we win your case.