Many of our previous posts here have described the difficulties that workers face when they are injured on the job and can’t return to work for an extended period of time. They often face financial hardship in addition to physical limitation and the need for extensive medical and rehabilitative care. But, what is the overall impact of workplace injuries in America?
According to the National Safety Council, the impact is significant. NSC statistics point to the alarming frequency with which workplace injuries occur in America: one every seven seconds. That equals approximately 4,600,000 worker injuries per year. Of course, the severity of these injuries varies significantly, as does their cause. NSC statistics show that the most common types of workplace injuries are cuts and punctures, soreness or other pain, and strains and sprains. Some of the most common causes of these injuries are overexertion, being struck or caught by equipment or other objects, and slips and falls.
There are also some fields of work that simply seem to be more prone to causing workplace injuries. NSC statistics show that the service industry is number one when it comes to the frequency of on-the-job injuries, which includes public service jobs such as firefighters and police officers. Next is the transportation industry, which makes sense because motor vehicle accidents are so common in America. In third place is the manufacturing and production industry, likely due to the frequency with which workers in this field interact with heavy machinery.
The impact of workplace injuries in America is substantial. Each year millions of workers must deal with injuries suffered on-the-job, whether minor or major. Injured workers should know that they may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits, Social Security disability benefits, and/or additional compensation through a third-party claim. This is why they may wish to discuss their circumstances with an attorney of their choosing.