The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, in 2011, nearly 3,000,000 workplace injuries or illnesses occurred at private employers. These exclude any injuries or illnesses sustained at companies who did not report accurately or did not participate in the survey. Over half of the reported occupational injuries or illnesses were serious enough to result in time off work, job transfer, or restriction on or loss of the employee’s ability to work. If you have lost wages or if your life has been affected by an injury or illness at work, a Fayette County personal injury attorney can help you in your recovery.
2,800,000 of the 3,000,000 reported workplace injuries or illnesses at private employers were injuries. You may think that occupational injuries happen most often in manufacturing industries, where employees work regularly with heavy, complicated, or potentially dangerous machinery. However, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 75% of workplace injuries happened in service-providing industries, and not in goods-producing industries. So, even if you don’t work with machinery, you still may be at risk for an occupational injury.
Additionally, state and local governments in the United States reported 820,900 workplace injuries and illnesses in the public sector. This seems like a much higher rate than the private sector, however this figure includes local government workers such as police officers, fire protection workers, and other emergency personnel, which may skew the reported figures.
Whether you work in the private or public sector, in a services or goods industry, you are at risk for an occupational injury. Such injuries can range from minor to severe injuries that could be permanently disabling. Even seemingly insignificant injuries may cause you to seek medical attention or take time off work for doctors’ visits or other treatment. More serious workplace injuries can cause you to take months off work, lose wages, incur substantial medical costs, and possibly even cause you to be unable to work permanently.
In short, if you suffer an occupational injury, you should be entitled to recover for not only medical bills and lost wages, but also for any effects on your ability to work or enjoy life. The Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you in your recovery, and can help ensure you receive a fair settlement. Do not hesitate to call one of our Coweta County personal injury attorneys if you have sustained an injury in the workplace at (770)487-8999.