Workplace Injuries &
Fatalities in the United States
Across the U.S., employees are injured in workplace accidents all to often. The most common causes of on-the-job fatalities:
Injuries and illness are most likely to occur in:
Companies employing fewer then 250 people
Local government workplaces
Education and health services
Source: U.S Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job or if you’ve contracted an illness because of your work, you may be entitled to receive medical benefits and financial compensation. Known as workers’ compensation, this medical and financial help was created in order to protect workers and the family members who depend on them. The unfortunate fact is that many of America’s workplaces can pose dangers to the employees who labor there. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident or if you’ve become ill because you work with toxic substances, you need the advice of an attorney who is a specialist in workers’ compensation issues.
The law offices of Mary E. Jeffers offer you informed advice from a Denver workers’ compensation attorney who is experienced in handling job-related illness and injury issues. Because Attorney Jeffers brings a background in claims adjustment to her law practice, she offers a comprehensive understanding of workers’ compensation cases and the complex factors that can affect the benefits you might be eligible to receive. When you’ve been harmed on the job, the law office of Mary E. Jeffers will meet with you free of charge to learn the circumstances of your case and to provide you with the guidance you need to achieve the best outcomes for yourself and for the loved ones who rely on you.
“The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 was passed to prevent workers from being killed or seriously harmed at work,” declares the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, also known as OSHA. OSHA is the government agency that is charged with setting and enforcing standards of health and safety in the nation’s workplaces. However, despite the best intentions of lawmakers and the efforts of OSHA, injuries happen all too frequently to Americans on the job.
The most recent statistics from OSHA report that nearly four out of every hundred U.S. workers suffered a nonfatal workplace injury or illness in the most recent year for which figures are available. Although four in 100 people may not sound like many, the fact is that it adds up to 3.7 million injuries and illness cases per year in private industry in our country. When it comes to injuries and illnesses that happen to workers in government jobs, the rate is higher – 6.3 cases per 100 employees working full time.
Sometimes, workplace injuries and illnesses are serious enough to cause employee deaths. Preliminary figures for 2009 put the nationwide toll at 4,340 workers who lost their lives to workplace injuries, and final data is expected to reflect higher numbers. It should be noted that the figures for workplace deaths include individuals who commit suicide on the job and those who are victims of homicide in the workplace. Other fatalities arise from such events as transportation accidents, incidents involving boats and other water vehicles, falls, contact with equipment or other objects, and exposure to hazardous environments and substances.
If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury or become ill due to hazardous conditions or other workplace issues, contact the Denver workers’ compensation lawyers at the offices of Mary E. Jeffers. We can advise you on your rights and we’ll take fast and decisive action to ensure that you and your loved ones receive the monetary and medical benefits you deserve if you’ve been injured at work. A serious injury or illness can mean the loss of your ability to earn a living, perhaps permanently. Don’t gamble with your future. When you need knowledgeable guidance from a qualified Colorado workers’ compensation attorney, contact the law offices of Mary E. Jeffers.
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