Getting hurt at work is a major concern; you’re meant to be kept safe, and it’s your employer’s responsibility to make sure you’re not put in harm’s way due to negligence or unsafe environments. If you are injured on the job, then you’re normally going to be entitled to workers’ compensation unless you’re an independent contractor or fall into an uninsured category.
In 2014, there were close to 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported, equating to 3.2 cases per 100 full-time workers in the private industry. Maybe most importantly is the fact that this is a lower number than the year before, and 54,000 fewer injuries took place than in 2013.
Most of the injuries reported were reported from the service-providing industries. These individuals often work in a way to provide the things used regularly, whether it’s restaurant work and food preparation or factory work.
Others who were injured in the public sector included around 18.3 million state and local governmental workers. These workers include people like firefighters, police officers, and others. It works out to around 5.4 cases of injuries or illnesses among 100 full-time workers.
Accidents happen, but it’s important to know that you have rights as an employee. Your care needs to be covered, and you shouldn’t have to worry about lost wages or other concerns while you recover from the injuries or illnesses you’ve suffered.
Our website has more information, so you can learn about what to do if you’ve been injured while on the job. With the right help, your claim can be accepted quickly.