Hard Facts About Workplace Injuries
In 2013, the total cost of disabling workplace injuries in the U.S. was $61.88 billion.
In 2014, the average (median) number of days missed due to an on-the-job injury was 9.
Serious workplace injuries happen across all industries and occupations, including education, health care, recreation, arts and entertainment, professional business services, retail, construction and transportation.
To prevent on-the-job injuries, we must first understand them:
- What are the most common injuries
- Who they happen to
- What they cost in time and money
And, most importantly if you are hurt, how to take care of yourself after you’re injured at work.
We’ve created a visual guide of the hard facts of workplace injuries that we hope can help prevent injuries, and educate those who are hurt on the job on the steps to take to get the medical, legal and financial help you need.
If you’ve been hurt at work, Michael P. Fleming & Associates is a board certified workplace injury lawyer in Houston who you can talk to.
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Workplace Injuries Infographic Explained
As a Houston injury attorney, we see clients challenged with so many hardships after a workplace injury. We went through the numbers provided in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics/OSHA’s fatal occupational injuries census and the insurance industry’s 2016 workplace safety report to see just what we’re facing as a nation. View the infographic for the compiled findings or read the outline below.
Top Types of Workplace Injuries
24.4% – Overexertion involving outside sources
16.4% – Falls on same level
8.7% – Falls to lower level
8.6% – Struck by object or equipment
6.7% – Other exertions or bodily reactions
4.8% – Roadway incidents involving motorized land vehicles
3.8% – Slip or trip without fall
3.2% – Caught in/compressed by equipment or objects
3.0% – Struck against object or equipment
2.9% – Repetitive motions involving micro-tasks
Total cost of the most disabling workplace injuries in the U.S. in 2013: $61.88 billion
Occupations & Industries in which Most Injuries Occur & the Rate of Injury per 100,000 Workers
Farming, Fishing & Forestry – 23.9 injuries per 100K workers
Transportation & Material Moving – 14.9 injuries per 100K workers
Construction & Extraction – 12.2 injuries per 100K workers
Average (Median) Number of Missed Days Following a Nonfatal Workplace Injury by Private Sector Industry
Education services – 5
Health care and social assistance – 6
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting – 6
Retail trade – 7
Recreation, arts and entertainment – 7
Professional and business services – 10
Construction – 10
Transportation and warehousing – 20
Median average across all industries – 9
Expert Advice: What to Do After an On-the-Job Injury
- Immediately get medical treatment.
- As soon as possible, speak to a lawyer if you feel your injury was caused by the negligence of another.
- Notify your employer in writing.
- File notice with your state Workers’ Compensation Board if your employer is insured by Workers’ Compensation.
Know Your Rights
Laws vary widely from state to state. Generally, a number of legal rights are common across most states:
- You have the right to file a claim for your injury or illness with the workers compensation commission.
- You have the right to see a doctor and to pursue medical treatment.
- You have the right to return to your job if you’re cleared by your physician.
- You have the right to disability compensation if you are unable to return to work because of your injury or illness, whether permanently or temporarily.
- You generally have the right to appeal if you disagree with any decision by your employer, the employer’s insurance company, or the workers’ compensation commission.
- You have the right to be represented by a lawyer throughout the process.
What to Look for in a Lawyer
- LOCATION: Look for a work injury lawyer in your city.
- BOARD CERTIFIED: Look for a board certified lawyer. These lawyers are specialists who have passed stringent certification and standards to prove it.
- CONTINGENCY: Look for a lawyer who works for a contingency fee — only gets paid if you do. Standard fees are 33% if the case settles before a lawsuit is filed and 40% if thereafter.
There are common conditions of workplace injuries that, understood, may be avoided. Share this infographic with your friends and colleagues and prevent the injury of a friend or loved one.
If you or someone is hurt at work, tell us about your accident and we will let you know what to do next that’s in your best interests. Contact Michael P. Fleming & Associates today for a free consultation at 713-221-6800.