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Going to work should not put employees in danger of coming home at the end of the day with a severe injury. Unfortunately, workers are often injured while on the job. While some occupations are inevitably risky, all employers should take the time to make their workplace as safe as possible. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds in the U.S. On a grander scale, 104 million production days were lost in 2017 due to work-related injuries. There are three leading causes of work-related injuries that have been recorded by the NSC, each of which could be avoided with proper precautions by employers.

Top Causes of Employee Injuries

Many people suffer from injuries at work, but not all of these injuries are serious enough to require an employee to take time off. Of injuries that did require days off from work, there were three main causes of non-fatal injuries that account for more than 85% of all cases:

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Green Bay work injury lawyerWhen a person goes to work, they are trusting their employer to provide them with a safe working environment. Unfortunately, many employees are injured because of unsafe working conditions. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), approximately 2.8 million Americans suffered workplace injuries and illnesses within the private sector in 2017, and 4, 674 workers ultimately died due to their injuries. If you or a loved one are injured at work, you will typically be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, and an attorney can help you determine whether you may also pursue a lawsuit against any third parties whose negligence led to your injuries.

Industries Where Injuries Commonly Occur

A significant number of American workers suffer injuries every year, and three industries where injuries commonly occur are construction, manufacturing, and hospitals. These injuries include:

  • Construction Workers: According to statistics compiled by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 20% of all fatal worker injuries in 2017 occurred within the construction industry. The three most common causes of construction fatalities are falls, being struck by an object, and electrocutions. Fall injuries made up just under 40% of all construction deaths in 2017, with 381 workers dying due to falling on-site. In comparison, injuries involving electrocutions or being struck by objects resulted in 151 construction deaths over that same time period. Many of the injuries suffered by construction workers are a result of an employer’s non-compliance with OSHA safety standards. 
  • Manufacturing: According to BLS, more than 115, 000 American manufacturing workers suffered injuries that ultimately resulted in days away from work in 2017. The most common manufacturing injuries are related to physical activity, such as sprains or muscle strains and tears. Approximately 34, 000 workers in manufacturing suffered injuries of this nature in 2017. In a substantial percentage of manufacturing injuries, the employer was not in compliance with OSHA safety regulations. Common manufacturing violations include improper eye and mouth protection or insufficient machine guarding. 
  • Hospital Workers: In 2017, 51, 380 hospital employees suffered injuries and illnesses that caused them to miss time from work. The most common cause of injuries among hospital employees is overexertion. These employees are often required to work long, rigorous hours in a pressure-filled environment, and the stresses, many of which are unique to the industry, can ultimately lead to injury. Due to the fact that nurses and doctors are dealing with sick patients, they are also more likely to miss work days due to illness. 

Contact an Appleton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer 

Workers' compensation benefits are the exclusive remedy of an employee for an industrial injury against the employer, any other employee of the same employer, and the worker's compensation insurer. The term "third party claim" is frequently used to describe a tort claim by a worker against a person other than the employer or a co-employee. An injured employee, the employer, or workers' compensation insurer may sue a third party tortfeasor who is responsible for the employee's injuries. The employee claims damages for injuries above and beyond workers' compensation benefits. Such damages include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and derivative claims for loss of society and companionship. If you are unsure whether you have only a workers' compensation claim, or whether there may be a third-party claim available to you as well, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer to discuss the facts and circumstances of your injury.

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Appleton workplace injury attorneysWorkers can experience any number of injuries while on the job, but those that deal with compression - having their body crushed between two heavy objects - tend to suffer from life-long complications. Location of the compression and the amount of the body affected can increase the risk of serious, long-term issues. Learn more about how compression injuries may affect the life of you or your loved one, and discover how a seasoned, competent personal injury lawyer may be able to help increase the overall amount of your workplace injury settlement. 

Location of Compression

While most work-related compression injuries are experienced on the extremities (feet, hands, arms, or legs), employees in certain industries may also be at high risk for a compression injury to the head or spine. Examples can include factory workers and those in the construction industry. 

While an arm or leg is no less significant to a person than their brain or spine, the latter areas house the body’s most important structures. The brain controls everything from muscle movement to a person's breathing and heartbeat. The spine encases nerve bundles that control sensation and movement throughout the entire body. If either of these areas is injured seriously enough, it could render the victim paralyzed - or worse. 

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Appleton work injury lawyersNational estimates suggest that as many as 17 million workers are employed under a temporary contract. Studies also suggest that such workers are at an overall higher risk for injury than traditionally hired employees. Yet few temp workers know what their rights are when an injury does occur. Some may even miss out on compensation that was rightfully owed to them. Do not make this same mistake. Instead, learn what your rights are as an injured temp worker, as well as how you can greatly improve your chances of receiving the most compensation possible for your injury.

Traditionally Employee versus Temp Worker

In a large percentage of on-the-job injury cases, employees are compensated through the workers’ compensation system. This generally ensures their medical bills are paid, and that they receive a portion of their regular paycheck while they are healing. However, these employees are generally barred from pursuing a lawsuit against their employer.

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Appleton, WI personal injury lawyersAn injury on the job can put your family and financial future at risk. In some cases, it may even lead to permanent disability and long-lived pain and suffering. As such, it is only right that you ensure you receive compensation through any and all viable avenues. The problem, unfortunately, is knowing which one to pursue. If you have been injured at work, the following information can help you determine whether you should file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury claim, and how you can best protect your interests in either case.

Workers’ Compensation

Long ago, employers turned to the government for relief from lawsuits being brought against them by injured employees. They claimed these injury suits made it difficult to conduct business, and that they would certainly go under if something did not change. Laws were passed, and workers’ compensation was born (and interestingly enough, first started out in Wisconsin).

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