The Most Common Work-Related Injuries and Employees Who Are At Risk

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The Most Common Work-Related Injuries and Employees Who Are At Risk

When you get hurt at work in an accident, or when you suspect that you have symptoms of an “occupational disease,” such as carpal tunnel syndrome, it’s important to report it right away. If addressing your injuries means a recuperative time period, then you’re entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and your time away from work.  You were, after all, injured on the job.

While in some company cultures, it may seem admirable to downplay injuries for “the good of the company,” ultimately it’s not. A worker who continues to work through an injury risks further injury, and in many cases, this can actually put others at risk because of the injured worker’s inability to work at full capacity.

Even if workers’ compensation is not a topic that comes up among your colleagues, we promise you that workers all across the country are reclaiming their lost income and paying their medical expenses through the workers’ compensation system that was established to help them do exactly that.

You can, too.

Look at the following statistics from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2013.  These statistics may look like just numbers, but if you think about it, those numbers represent people just like you. People who were injured on the job – and reported it.

Occupations:

Among private sector, local and state government workers, the highest rates of incidents were reported in the following occupations:

Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers
Number of reports: 53,740
Median number of days away from work: 9

Heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers
Number of reports: 49,000
Median number of days away from work: 22

Nursing assistants
Number of reports: 41,450
Median number of days away from work: 6

Janitors and cleaners (excluding maids and housekeepers)
Number of reports: 39,040
Median number of days away from work: 8

Maintenance and repair workers (general)
Number of reports: 28,460
Median number of days away from work: 7

Police and sheriffs patrol officers
Number of reports: 28,170
Median number of days away from work: 10

Events/Exposure:

Among private sector, local and state government workers, the following events or exposures account for the highest number of reported injuries:

Overexertion and bodily reaction
Number of reports: 400,090
Median number of days away from work: 11

Falls, slips, or trips
Number of reports: 296,130
Median number of days away from work: 11

Contact with object or equipment
Number of reports: 268,380
Median number of days away from work: 5

Violence and other injuries by person or animal
Number of reports: 75,610
Median number of days away from work: 6

Transportation incidents
Number of reports: 59,380
Median number of days away from work: 11

Injuries:

In 2013, musculoskeletal disorders (such as sprains or strains resulting from repetitive motion) accounted for one-third of all the days-away-from-work cases among private sector, state and local government workers. Other common injuries are also listed below:

Sprains, strains, and tears
Number of reports: 426,950
Median number of days away from work: 10

Soreness, pain (including back)
Number of reports: 202,620
Median number of days away from work: 8

Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
Number of reports: 98,680
Median number of days away from work: 4

Bruises and contusions
Number of reports: 94,960
Median number of days away from work: 4

Fractures
Number of reports: 91,760
Median number of days away from work: 32


If you don’t see your occupation or your injury among the most common listed above, don’t worry. These are just a few key findings. You can find more here: [http://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/osh2.pdf]

Remember, no matter which industry you work in, if you’ve been injured on the job, you have the right to compensation for your lost income and your medical expenses.

At the Law Offices of Gerald D. Brody & Associates, we understand that it can be difficult ask for what you’re entitled to.  That’s what we’re here for, and we help injured workers every day. People just like you.