Governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses are continuously searching for new ways to better ensure workplace safety, yet despite their efforts, far too many workers are injured or even killed in workplace injuries. Some new statistics from the National Safety Council help shed some light on the issue.
A lot of workplace injuries occur in accidents, whether foreseen or not. A construction worker can fall from scaffolding, be hit by a moving car, or be pinched by heavy machinery. Each of these instances can leave a worker seriously injured. Yet, it doesn't take a freak accident to cause harm to an individual in the workplace. Instead, oftentimes workers are hurt merely by carrying out their day-to-day duties.
Last week on the blog we talked about the Section 32 waiver agreement. This lump sum payout may be the perfect resolution to some New Yorkers' workers' compensation claims, but for others, it may not be the right move to ensure that they have the resources they need to make ends meet and obtain adequate medical treatment while they focus on recovering and getting back to work. The truth of the matter is that you need to choose a route that is right for you. Of course, the first step in doing that is having all the information you need to make the decisions that support your best interests.
It can be difficult for New Yorkers to get by after being injured in a workplace accident. Of course, they oftentimes have physical pain and suffering that can be difficult to cope with, but they usually face financial challenges, too. Those who choose to seek workers' compensation benefits and are successful in doing so may be able to recover compensation, though, which may help offset medical expenses and lost wages.
Construction is a year-round industry in New York. Those funding construction projects often want their structures built as quickly and as cheaply as possible. This rush to stay on schedule and on budget can cause workplace errors to occur that leave construction workers susceptible to injuries. Even those workplaces that are deemed safe can see accidents that result in injuries.
It goes without saying that an injury in the workplace can impose physical and financial imitations on an individual. However, few recognize that being injured on the job and all of the ramifications any resulting injuries can have may result in the imposition of emotional harm, too. Injured workers can find themselves overwhelmed with financial issues that have been unexpectedly thrust upon them, which can leave them scrambling to make ends meet. This is true even when workers' compensation benefits are recovered because these benefits usually don't cover the full extent of one's losses.
There are a number of professions that are inherently dangerous. Police officers, firefighters and members of the military often put their own safety and well being on the line in order to appropriately carry out their job duties. Those who work in construction-related fields also face workplace dangers. Although these risks may not be as frequent or as serious as those faced by police officers and firefighters, they can still cause serious injuries and, in some instances death.
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.
In some industries, the fear of being injured in the workplace is always present. Most New Yorkers are aware that they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits in the event that they are injured on the job. However, the burdensome process thrust upon those seeking these benefits sometimes deters them from pursuing the process to the fullest extent. This is unfortunate, as it can leave an injured worker without the money he or she needs to cover medical expenses and lost wages while he or she focuses on reclaiming his or her health and returning to 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.