Occupational injuries that may qualify an employee for Workers’ Compensation benefits can happen in any job. These injuries often result in missed work days. The following statistics highlight the impact of work-related injuries and illness:
- The Department of Labor (DOL) reported that workers missed over 1 million work days due to injury.
- The New York State Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOLS) reported 220,000 cases of occupational injury or illness in 2011.
- The New York State Department of Health reports 184 out of every 10,000 hospitalizations were due to work-related illness or injury in 2010.
Nationwide, the DOL found that workers in the following five categories of jobs accounted for 20% of all cases with missed work days:
- Nursing aides
- Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers
- Police officers
Musculoskeletal Disorders Most Common
Work-related injuries can fall under many categories, but the most common type are musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). MSD affect muscles, joints, and bones. The DOL reports the following statistics on MSD:
- MSD accounted for 33 percent of all injury cases in 2011.
- MSD required an average of 11 days for an employee to recuperate and return to work. The average for heavy and tractor-trailer drivers was higher at 21 days.
A work-related injury can happen to anyone, but certain occupations put workers at greater risk. Based on the statistics above, occupational injuries and illnesses often cause missed work, which means lost income, in addition to the effects on health. If you’ve been injured at work, notify your employer immediately. It may also be advisable to consult an attorney knowledgeable in Workers’ Compensation claims to obtain the maximum benefits allowed by law.