Workplace injuries cost employers billions of dollars each year, and providing a safe work environment is a top financial concern for companies of every size. According to the National Safety Council, the average workers’ compensation claim is $40,000.
Government jobs account for the highest number of incidents requiring lost days of work, largely due to the size of the public sector, while transportation and warehousing experience the highest number of non-fatal injuries per 10,000 workers. On average 315,000 employees in the U.S. transportation and warehousing industry suffer a non-fatal injury on the job each year. About 20% of worker fatalities in private industry occur in construction.
Four Most Common Serious Work-Related Injuries
In 2019, the top three serious occupational injuries involving five or more days lost from work were overexertion and bodily reaction; falls, trips and slips; and contact with objects and equipment. Transportation incidents is the fourth most common cause of workplace injuries and also the most common cause of fatal injuries at work.
- Overexertion and bodily reaction
Overexertion includes injuries resulting from pushing, lifting and carrying objects. Bodily reactions refers to injuries as a result of performing repetitive tasks causing strain without strenuous activity or heavy lifting.
- Falls, Trips and Slips
Falling includes falls onto or against an object or surface on the same level or onto another level such as falling from ladders, roofs or collapsed structures. Slips and trips occur when a worker catches him or herself from falling during a slip or trip.
- Contact with Objects and Equipment
Contact with objects and equipment refers to incidents involving a moving object striking a worker, and a worker striking against an object or being compressed or crushed by equipment.
- Vehicle accidents
The most common cause of workplace fatalities, transportation incidents involve on-the-job vehicle accidents, being struck by a moving vehicle at work and accidents during the course of work duties.
As long as an employee can show that their injury occurred at work while performing a job function, the employee is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits cover the cost of medical expenses to treat the injury and a portion of lost wages, approximately two-thirds of average weekly wage (AWW).
Traumatic Occupational Injuries
Traumatic or catastrophic injuries are those that result in sustained inability to work or permanent disability that require long-term medical treatment or rehabilitation. Examples of catastrophic worker injuries include paralysis, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), spinal cord injury and severe damage to the nerves or ligaments. In these cases, a worker is likely to need long-term disability.
Third Party Settlements In Severe Worker Injuries
Workers’ compensation insurance is a mandatory, no-fault insurance policy that provides benefits to injured workers. Generally, employers are immune from liability for an injury sustained by an employee in a job accident, and workers’ comp does not compensate for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other damages.
Because workers’ compensation prohibits employees from suing their employers, workers who suffer injuries requiring extensive medical treatment or resulting in permanent or partial disability may consider a third party personal injury claim against another entity. A “third person” is a person who is not immune from tort liability who aggravated the employee’s job injury and has the legal liability to pay damages to compensate for the employee’s injury. Examples of third parties include the manufacturer or installer of machinery or equipment or the contractor responsible for maintaining a safe work site. In such cases, it is important to contact an attorney who has experience handling third party injury claims.
If you have suffered a severe, traumatic workplace injury, contact the experienced legal team at Trammell Piazza. We are 100% focused on successfully achieving compensation to provide for you financially after a severe workplace injury. Trammell Piazza has successfully fought for third party settlements to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, and pain and suffering.
Let our personal injury attorneys work your case through the complex legal system so you can focus on your recovery and your family’s future. At Trammell Piazza, workplace injury claims are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t pay us until your settlement is won.