Travelers Companies Inc. has released an injury report on the causes of the most prevalent workplace injuries around the United States. Among the report’s most noteworthy findings is that around 3.7 million Americans (including many in North Carolina) sustain injuries at work every year.
Travelers looked at more than 1.5 million claims filed between 2010 and 2014 covering a substantial mix of industries and business sizes and found that workplace injuries such as strains, inflammation, cuts, and sprains were mostly caused by material handling, slips, trips, falls, collisions, tool accidents and traumas occurring over time. Material handling caused the highest proportion of injuries at 32 percent.
Of course, industries vary in the causes of injuries that workers suffer. For example, slips, trips, and falls account for 16 percent of workplace injuries, collisions account for 10 percent, accidents with tools make up 7 percent, and traumas occurring over time add up to 4 percent. Manufacturing workers (as well as construction workers) were also at higher-than-average risk for eye injuries. Oil and gas workers, on the other hand, were more likely to experience injury as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
An injury at work can be devastating to the finances of many Americans. However, individuals who sustain workplace injuries may be entitled to legal damages that cover their pain and suffering, lost wages and other expenses. An attorney who works in the field of workers’ compensation cases might be able to help by filing claims, negotiating settlements, and even representing the injured party in court.