workplace injuryA workplace injury can happen to anyone at anytime. In 2012, it was reported that 2,976,400 people were involved in a non-fatal injury or illness while at work (source: Bureau of Labor Statistics). A workplace injury can range from a slip and fall, back injuries, sprains, and more. Some industries, such as construction, tend to see more work-related injuries than others, but an accident can still occur at any workplace.

The following statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are based on the 2,976,400 people that were injured or became ill in a private industry in 2012:

  • 905,700 cases involved days away from work.
  • The median days away from work in 2012 was 8.
  • 340,900 cases involved sprains, strains, and tears.
  • 177,580 cases involved injuries to the back.
  • 219,630 cases involved falls, slips, and trips.

If you are in a situation where you suffer from a workplace injury, take the following actions:

  • Immediately tell your supervisor. Don’t wait to report the accident.
  • Seek medical attention if necessary. If the injury isn’t a medical emergency take pictures of where the accident occurred, especially if it involves heavy machinery or unstable flooring.
  • If there was a witness present, try to get a statement from him or her.
  • Write down what happened. Your employer should have the appropriate workers compensation paperwork. Fill out as much of the information as you possibly can, including: date, time, location, how you are injured, and names of anyone who saw the accident.
  • Call workers compensation. Your employer is required to call the workers compensation hotline that is provided. You will be assigned a workers compensation case manager and they will contact you within a couple of days.
  • In Massachusetts, you have 4 years to make a claim.
  • If you sought medical attention and the doctor told you to follow certain restrictions when you go back to work, be sure to do so and inform your supervisor of those restrictions.
  • Contact a workers compensation attorney. If you have been severely injured, cannot return to work, or workers compensation has denied your claim; hiring an attorney is always a good idea. An experienced attorney will see that you are properly compensated and taken care of.

If you or someone you know has suffered from a workplace injury, please contact Attorney Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. With over 29 years of experience, we have helped hundreds of people get the compensation that they deserve.