Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Workplace injuries affect every line of work

We've mentioned numerous times on this blog that every profession faces risk of injury. Even those that seem extremely safe can leave workers harmed. Repetitive stress injuries, for example, can toll after a significant period of time even if the activity, when conducted once, is not considered strenuous. But you don't have to take our word for it. The Bureau of Labor Statistic compiles a list of workplace injuries that occur in nearly every profession.

For example, the report breaks down the various types of construction work and includes how many nonfatal injuries were suffered in that specific subset of the profession. In 2016, approximately three out of every 100 individuals who work in residential construction suffered injuries. About four-and-a-half out of every 100 people employed in the brewing industry suffer an on-the-job injury or illness, while nearly five out of every 100 individuals who work at home furnishing stores were injured while conducting their job duties. Police officers and firefighters see about 10 percent of their workforce suffering injuries or illnesses.

So what does this mean? It means that it's not uncommon for people in every line of work to suffer an injury or illness. Although some of these injuries are relatively minor, others can leave an individual unable to work. When this is the case, it may be wise to seek workers' compensation benefits. If successful on one of these claims, money may be recovered to help offset medical expenses and lost wages.

However, workers' compensation claims are not automatically successful. Instead, certain legal elements must be shown. Those who fail to do so can find themselves facing financial difficulties at a time when they just want stability while they focus on their recovery. This is why many New Yorkers turn to qualified legal professionals to help them with their initial claims and their appeals of workers' compensation claim denials. These benefits can often be necessary following a workplace injury, making it imperative to understand your rights to recover these benefits.

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