You’re probably not surprised to hear that a fall at work is one of the most common types of worker’s compensation injuries. However, what you may not realize is that the top five types of workplace injuries--including falls--account for over 73 percent of all workers compensation costs in the U.S.
The top five most expensive causes of workplace injury in New Jersey are:
- Overexertion. Injuries involving carrying, lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, or throwing account for roughly a quarter of all workers compensation costs--an amount totaling nearly $13 billion in medical and lost wages compensation.
- Falls on same level. Nearly 16 percent of injuries were categorized as serious falls on one level, such as a slip on a wet floor. While seemingly easy to prevent, same-level falls have seen the largest increase in injury costs in the last decade than any other type of injury.
- Falls to lower level. A fall from a height, down stairs, off a ladder, or from one platform to another remains a significant danger to workers in all industries, accounting for about 10 percent of workers comp claims.
- Bodily reaction. Reaction or "free bodily motion" injuries, including standing, reaching, climbing, bending, and slipping or tripping (without suffering a fall), cost employers $6 billion in 2009 and have been on the rise ever since.
- Object injuries. Employees in these categories may be struck by an object at work (such as an accident involving collision with a wall, table, window or chair) or suffer an injury against an object (such as becoming wedged between barricades or have their hand caught in a door).
Despite the fact that these accidents continue to cause months and even years of suffering, employers still attempt to deny rightful benefits to injured workers. No matter what kind of New Jersey workplace injury you suffered, Morristown worker’s compensation attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can help you get the payments you deserve for your medical costs and loss of income.
Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or click the link above to download our FREE informational guide, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.