Workplace injuries are dangerous. Even nonfatal injuries can affect your quality of life and your ability to provide for yourself. According to BLS, fires are one of the most common forms of workplace fatalities. Other injuries and deaths are the result of workers being stuck by objects or equipment. Additionally, highway incidents and explosions account for a number of injuries and deaths. At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, we are passionate about your rights as a worker and workers’ compensation in West Virginia. If you’ve been seriously hurt on the job, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your damages, and a Charleston personal injury lawyer from our firm can help make this determination.
Every year, thousands of workers are hurt or killed in the United States. In 2010, nearly 100 people suffered fatal work injuries in West Virginia alone. According to the Unites States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), this number was substantially larger than the number of fatalities that occurred the year before. In fact, the number of work fatalities suffered in 2009 (41 deaths) was one of the statistically lowest years in West Virginia’s recorded history. This number more than doubled in 2010. These statistics may surprise you, but one thing is certain: work related injuries and a prevalent threat to employees in West Virginia and the rest of the United States.
According to the center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 3.9 million workers suffered nonfatal injuries on the job in 2010. About half of these incidents merited work restrictions, time to recover or a transfer. About 2.6 million workers were treated in emergency departments of workplace illnesses and injuries. More than 100,000 of these employees were hospitalized as a result of their injuries. Some of the most common work injuries include:
Although these categories are relatively broad, they provide an overview of the types of injuries one might suffer at work. Many industry workers are at a higher risk of suffering certain accidents than others. For instance, members of the construction, freight trucking or logging industry are at a higher risk of being stuck by a moving object than others. Statistically, nursing care workers, members of the logging industry and limited-service eating place workers are more likely to fall from the same level. These injuries, also called slip and fall injuries are often the result of spills, slippery surfaces or uneven walking surfaces.
Musculoskeletal disorders are usually the result of overexertion. Jobs that require extensive manual labor (such as construction, special trade contractors or waste collection) are at a higher risk of overexertion than other jobs. Additionally, nursing care facility workers and individuals working for community care centers often suffer musculoskeletal disorders, too. Whether you realize it or not, motor vehicle accidents may qualify as work injuries, too. Specialized fright trucking and charter bus employees are most commonly involved in these types of occupational accidents and injuries. Crush injuries occur when workers become caught between or underneath objects.
Crush injuries can be extremely severe and many workers’ comp claims are filed by concrete production workers, trucking workers, and crop farmers. Construction workers and manufacturing workers may become caught under or between objects, too. Any type of work injury is serious. If you’ve been hurt, talk to West Virginia work injury attorney from Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC today. We have more than 35 years of combined legal experience. Contact us today and ask about a free case evaluation. The sooner we hear from you, the sooner you can have peace of mind that your work injury case is in good hands.