After you have suffered an injury on the job in New Jersey, you may have been told by your doctor that it was “an accident waiting to happen.” Not only are these injuries an everyday occurrence, they’re especially likely if you work in one of the top five high-risk groups for workplace injury.
The US Department of Labor conducted a study to find common trends among work-related illnesses, injuries, and diseases. They found that in 2011, there were 117 cases of non-fatal injury requiring time off work for every 10,000 full-time workers; these injuries caused workers to miss an average of eight workdays.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics study revealed some interesting facts about work injuries, including:
- Twenty percent of all occupational injuries and illnesses in 2011 affected workers in five specific occupations: laborers, nursing aides and orderlies, janitors, truck drivers, and police officers.
- Police officers had an injury rate five times greater than all other occupations, while laborers had an injury rate three times greater than the rate for all workers.
- Thirty-three percent of all injury cases in 2011 were classified as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). Twenty-six percent of these MSD cases occurred across six occupations: registered nurses, nursing assistants, truck drivers, laborers, janitors, and stock clerks. Of these, truck drivers took longest to recuperate from their musculoskeletal injuries, requiring an average of 21 days off work compared to 11 days for other workers.
If you were denied compensation for an injury at work, a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the funds you need for your bills and medical treatment. Call Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. today at (877) 360-0183, or download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.