Statistics On Workers’ Compensation
Each year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) releases data detailing the incidence of workplace injuries in the United States. If you have been injured on the job in any field, you may need to file a workers’ compensation claim. Based in Columbus, Ohio, our attorneys have worked for decades to secure workers’ comp settlements for injured professionals. We can help you appeal a wrongly denied claim to ensure that you get the compensation that is your right as an injured worker.
Workplace Injuries — Overview
In 2007, OSHA recorded 4 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the United States at an average incidence of 4.2 injuries per 100 workers across all professions. More than 1.1 million of those injuries and illnesses required workers to miss time at work, one of the main qualifications for workers’ compensation awards.
In 2007, 5,657 workplace injuries proved fatal. Forty-two percent of those fatalities were the result of motor vehicle accidents, by far the most common cause of death in the workplace. The next most common cause of death was contact with equipment and other workplace objects, which accounted for 15 percent. In many cases, fatal workplace accidents are grounds for wrongful death litigation. In others, workers’ compensation settlements can be reached to provide for the worker’s family.
Workplace Injuries By Profession
In private industry, goods-producing workers were at significantly higher risk of injury or illness than service-providing workers (5.4 injuries per 100 workers compared to 3.8 per 100). Out of 100 goods-producing workers, 2.9 faced days away from work, limitations, or a transfer as a result of an injury, compared to 1.9 per 100 service-providing workers.
Construction and manufacturing were the highest risk occupations, with 5.4 and 5.6 injuries per 100 respectively. However, construction accidents accounted for significantly more cases with time away from work (1.9 per 100) than manufacturing (1.3 per 100), contributing to the reputation of construction as the most dangerous profession. Workers’ comp claims, handled by the Philip J. Fulton Law Office in Columbus, Ohio, are intended to compensate workers who miss hours of work, thus impacting their earning power.
Workers’ Comp Awards In Columbus, Ohio — Contact Our Firm
As a workplace injury victim, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and other costs associated with your accident. At the Philip J. Fulton Law Office in Columbus, Ohio, we secure workers’ comp awards and settlements for clients in all industries with injuries of all kinds. We know how to make the most of your claim. Contact our workers’ comp team today to have your case evaluated by an expert attorney. Call our Columbus office at 614-929-3126.