Workers’ Compensation: Top Hazards and Statistics

work-hazardSome industries present more hazards to workers and work environments that are riskier than others.

But all sorts of different work environments can present different types of hazards to employees. For instance, office workers may not be regularly exposed to toxic chemicals, but office employees may be at risk of developing repetitive motion injuries. From factories to offices, there are usually some hazards present at your job that employers should work to minimize in order to maintain work conditions that are safe for employees. If you experience a workplace accident, you may want to consult with a Missouri workers’ compensation attorney.

Workplace injuries entitle you to workers’ compensation benefits for medical bills, disability payments, etc. The presence of workers’ compensation insurance in the workforce is incredibly important. Employees must be taken care of if they become injured in the course of their employment, and employers are protected as well. Employees who receive workers’ compensation benefits cannot seek further damages in civil court later on. These protections are especially important for workers who are employed in industries that present more dangers and therefore make workers more prone to injury.

There are several different types of compensable workers’ comp injuries that employees may have to contend with. These injuries include:

  • Physical injuries – Physical injuries caused by trauma as the result of an accident are the most common workplace injuries.
  • Mental injuries – Mental injuries usually accompany physical trauma injuries. Mental injuries can include depression or anxiety that result from a physical injury that is disabling.
  • Occupational diseases – Occupational diseases can occur out of exposure to toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials, or any exposure in the work environment. To get compensation for occupational injuries, you must demonstrate that the workplace conditions were the most likely cause of the disease/injury.
  • Repetitive trauma injuries – Repetitive trauma injuries are injuries that occur when workers must perform the same motions or tasks time and time again. Assembly line workers and office workers are some of the workers who are most at risk of developing this type of injury. Repetitive trauma injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained in the U.S. Tendon pain and joint pain are some of the most common symptoms of repetitive trauma injuries.

Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2008 there were more than 3.6 million non-fatal injuries in private companies. Approximately 1 million of these injuries resulted in the need for time off while employees needed time to recover. About 416,620 injuries were strains, sprains, and tears, while 222,290 were back injuries, and 234,840 were injuries resulting from falls.

Within the private sector in 2008 there were 4,670 fatal injuries. There were 1,044 fatalities that occurred on highways, 658 fatal falls, and 453 homicides.

St. Louis Workers’ Comp Lawyer

Employees who are injured on the job should contact an experienced St. Louis workers’ compensation attorney. Injured workers are entitled to compensation for injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other losses. An attorney who regularly handles workers’ comp cases and is familiar with Missouri workers’ comp laws will be able to get you the compensation you are entitled to.

To speak with an experienced and trusted St. Louis workers’ compensation lawyer contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann by filling out our online contact form or by calling us at (314) 361-4300 to schedule a free consultation.

 

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Updated: August 6, 2013