Work related injuries are emotionally draining. They can also be financially catastrophic. Luckily, employees who are injured as a result of their work receive benefits as set by the law. Workers' compensation rules and regulations operate on a state-by-state basis; federal statutes are limited to federal employees. Though nobody expects to get hurt on the job, accidents do happen. You will be shocked by these 10 need-to-know facts.
- Roughly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in 2012
- Out of the 3 million total, 94.8% were injuries and 5.2% were illnesses.
- The cost of workplace injuries and illnesses was around $200 billion in 2012
- 62.6% of disability cases were temporary total and 36.8% were permanent partial in 2011
- An estimated 792,700 injury and illness cases were reported in 2012 among the approximately 18.2 million state and local government workers
- 3.7 out of 100 full-time construction workers suffered nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2012
- 3.9 out of 100 full-time trade, transportation, and utilities workers suffered nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2012
- 4.5 out of 100 full-time education and health services workers suffered nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2012
- Maine had the highest rate of reported incidences at 5.6 out of 100 full-time workers, followed by Vermont and Montana at 5 out of 100 full-time workers
- D.C. had the lowest rate of reported incidences at 1.6 out of 100 full-time workers
Statistics from Bureau of Labor Statistics and the National Academy of Social Insurance
Personally, we were surprised at the states with the highest frequency of comp injuries. It goes to show, you're more likely to be injured on the job working outside than inside.
If you have been injured at work, at these statistics prove, you are certainly not alone. The attorneys at Warnken, LLC represent injured workers all over Maryland. In addition, through relationships around the country, Warnken, LLC is more than happy to find a workers' compensation lawyer.