The Bureau of Labor Statistics issued their numbers for workplace injuries in 2014 this past October. The good news is that the number of nonfatal workplace injuries has been declining over the past decade. The bad news is that, unfortunately, when it comes to workplace injury incidents, the numbers are still startling. Per every 100 full-time workers in the United States, 3.2 experience workplace injuries or illnesses.
3.2 out of 100 may not seem like many taken by itself, but there were 3 million industry and illness cases in the U.S., and that is a large number. Of the total number of these cases, roughly 95 percent were from injuries on the job and the others from illnesses. Many of these cases involved time off work, employees having to transfer to other types of work and/or being restricted in their jobs.
Pennsylvania is included in 19 states that top the national average in nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. With the national average at 3.2 per 100 workers, Pennsylvania averages 3.7 per 100 workers. The state of Washington ranked the highest with 4.6 percent.
If you are injured in the workplace, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance is responsible for ensuring that your medical issues are taken care of, and that you are fairly compensated for any lost wages, as well as other losses. They often attempt to reduce costs by insisting on specific doctors and approving only specific procedures.
You need someone on your side, and not on the side of the insurance company to ensure your care is the most important factor. Having to wait for an approval on a procedure and then being denied the procedure, can stall or inhibit your ability to get back to good health. The proper care can make all the difference in your life going forward.
We can help you file the proper claims, follow up with workers’ comp, and ensure you receive the best care and/or settlement for your claim. Don’t rely on the advocates for workers’ compensation to put your best interests in the forefront. Call us today if you have been injured.