workplace injuryEach year in the United States a workplace injury occurs 117 times for every 10,000 full-time employees.  Five occupations account for 20 percent of those cases: laborers, nursing aides, janitors, truck drivers, and police officers. Police officers had an incidence rate per 10,000 full-time workers that was five times greater than for all occupations; the rate for laborers was three times greater than the rate for all workers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides the following information in regards to injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in the workplace:

Nonfatal injuries and illnesses, private industry in 2011:

  • Total recordable cases: 2,986,500
  • Cases involving days away from work: 908,300
  • Median days away from work: 8
  • Cases involving sprains, strains, tears: 340,870
  • Cases involving injuries to the back: 182,270
  • Cases involving falls, slips, trips: 225,550
  • Injuries and illnesses to workers with 1-5 years of service with an employer accounted for 35 percent of the cases
  • Musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases (387,820) accounted for 33 percent of all injury and illness cases
  • Six occupations accounted for 26 percent of the MSD cases in 2011: nursing assistants, laborers, janitors and cleaners, heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, registered nurses, and stock clerks.
  • Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers required a median of 21 days away from work to recuperate compared to 11 days for all workers who sustained an MSD.
  • Workers age 65 and over had a greater number of median days away from work than their younger counterparts–requiring a median of 14 days to recuperate before returning to work.

Fatal work-related injuries, all sectors in 2011:

  • Total fatal injuries: 4,693
  • Roadway incidents: 1,103
  • Falls, slips, trips: 681
  • Homicides: 468

In most cases workman’s compensation insurance will cover your workplace injury. You may also be able to recover money for your injury:

  • If you were injured by a defective product
  • If you were injured by a toxic substance
  • If Your Employer’s Conduct Is Intentional or Egregious
  • If your employer does not have workman’s compensation insurance
  • If a third party injures you

If you or a loved one has suffered from a workplace injury and need to pursue further legal action, please contact Jim Brady and Associates, P.C. at: 508-660-8888 or on the web at: www.attorneyjimbrady.com.