Being injured on the job is no small thing. After all, it may mean that you suffer an extensive amount of physical pain, and your injuries may require medical treatment. Making matters worse, your injuries may be severe enough to prevent you from working. In these instances, you may miss out on much needed wages, thereby putting yourself and your family in a precarious financial position.
This is a problem faced by many Americans. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly three individuals affected by workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016, which is the most recent year data is available. Although the incident rate of workplace injuries continues to decline, certain industries, like construction, manufacturing and retail, continue to see relative high occurrence rates.
Fortunately, of the nearly three million people affected by workplace injuries and illnesses, only about 890,000 of them were required to miss work on account of their medical condition. Although the incident rate of workplace injuries has declined, the number of people required to miss work because of their condition has remained relatively constant. The median number of work days missed amongst these individuals was eight, but, since that is the median, there are many individuals who have been forced to miss much more work than that.
The types of harm suffered in a workplace accident can vary in type and severity. Some people are injured in slip-and-fall accidents that leave them with sprains and tears, while others suffer from severe cuts, fractures and even life-threatening diseases. When these medical conditions negatively impact one's ability to work and earn a wage, it may be time to consider legal options such as seeking workers' compensation or Social Security disability benefits.