It probably didn’t make you feel any better to learn that hundreds of others have suffered from your kind of work-related injury. However, you should be aware that the most common types of occupational injury in New Jersey have been identified—and that means that employers have a duty to safeguard workers against them.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has developed a list of the ten leading work-related diseases and injuries suffered by workers in the US. These diseases were chosen based on three criteria: how often the disease or injury occurred, the severity of the injury, and how easily the condition may be prevented in the future.
According to NIOSH, workers will most often suffer:
- Occupational lung diseases, including asbestosis, byssinosis, silicosis, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, lung cancer, and occupational asthma.
- Musculoskeletal Injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, tendonitis, and tension neck syndrome are common forms of these painful disorders involving muscles, tendons, and nerves.
- Occupational cancers (other than lung). Most of these forms of cancer are caused by exposure to toxic elements, such as synthetic chemicals, and employers are responsible for reducing exposure.
- Severe occupational traumatic injuries (Amputations, Fractures, Eye Loss, Lacerations, and Traumatic Death). NIOSH estimates that of the roughly 10,000,000 victims who suffer traumatic injuries at work each year, 30% will suffer severe repercussions, while at least 10,000 will be fatal.
- Cardiovascular diseases. Carbon monoxide exposure, chemical exposure, and workplace stress may all contribute to cardiovascular injury.
- Disorders of reproduction. Certain workplace conditions may result in a number of reproductive injuries, including spontaneous abortion, birth defects, and infertility issues.
- Neurotoxic disorders. Exposure to neurotoxins may cause hallucinations or cognitive dysfunction, such as reduced attention span, reduced alertness, and memory loss.
- Noise-induced loss of hearing. Failure to provide proper earplugs or protective helmets has cause workers to suffer permanent hearing loss.
- Dermatologic conditions. As many as 82% of reported skin injuries are due to lacerations or punctures, while the next most common group are burns (both chemical and thermal).
- Psychological disorders. Depression, headaches, nausea, and chronic fatigue are all symptoms of work-related psychological injury.
If you injured due to an employer’s negligence, a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. today at (877) 360-0183, or fill out the contact form above to set up your FREE consultation. Your contact with us is always free, and you owe us nothing unless we win your case.
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