According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), workplace injuries and accidents that result in six or more days of missed work cost U.S. employers nearly $60 billion in 2014, the most recent year for which statistically valid injury data are available.
Among the 10 leading causes of the most disabling work injures are overexertion, falls from same level and falls to a lower level. Reports trickling in for 2016, show that incidents involving falls on same level and roadway incidents are trending upward on the list.
Employers face the direct costs of workplace injuries such as medical care related to the workplace accident and a portion of an injured employee’s pay along with the indirect costs such as hiring temporary employees, lost productivity, and quality disruptions.
Injured employees are often left with physical, emotional and financial harm that may even result in an inability to return to work. This often leads to a cycle of poverty for many employees when workers’ compensation benefits prove inadequate.
Prevention is key to reducing workplace injuries and illnesses according to insurance industry analysts. Research that advances the field of work safety and health has the potential to identify causes of accidents and injuries in the workplace in order to reduce incidences and minimize disability so that both workers and their companies can prosper.
If you or a family member has been hurt at work, contact the workers’ compensation law offices of McDonald Woodward & Carlson PC for help. Our Quad-Cities area attorneys have assisted many Iowa and Illinois injured workers with denied workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. Contact our office today for help 563-355-6478.