Where Workplace Injuries Happen
March 14, 2017
According to the Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), there were over 3,600,000 reported work injury cases in 2015 nationwide. This number includes private industry cases, and cases involving state and local government. Pennsylvania workers are employees in most of the industries the BLS has records for. Our Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates handle accidents and occupational illnesses for every type of workplace injury.
Some of the leading categories for workplace accidents were:
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting: 56,100 accidents
- Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction: 12,800 accidents
- Construction: 204,700 accidents
- Manufacturing: 466,500 accidents
- Wholesale trade of durable and nondurable goods: 174,600 accidents
- Retail trade of every product designed by man: 410, 400 accidents
- Transportation and warehousing: 201, 600 accidents
- Utilities: 12,000 accidents
- Information, including newspapers, magazines, and motion pictures: 32,900 accidents
- Finance and insurance: 79,000 accidents
- Real estate rental and leasing: 49,900 accidents
- Administration, support, remediation, and waste management: 124,000 accidents
- Educational and health services: 636,900 accidents. Healthcare and social services accounted for over 90% of the claims.
- Leisure, entertainment, and hospitality: 332,700 accidents
- Accommodation and food services: 277,400 accidents
The type of industry where the accident happened does not determine whether an injured worker can bring a work injury claim. The key elements to a work injury claim are that the worker was an employee, that the accident was related to the worker’s job, and that the accident caused the worker’s injuries.
Some of the many types of workplace accidents include slips and falls, being struck by an object, electrocutions, vehicle accidents, and being crushed by a piece of equipment. Employees can also file for workers’ compensation benefits if they suffered an occupational illness at any type of job. Some common occupational diseases include respiratory illnesses such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Skin diseases, hearing loss, and infectious diseases are a few other typical occupational illnesses.
Workers who meet these core elements are entitled, in Pennsylvania and most states, to 2/3 of their lost wages for the time they are unable to work, up to preset time limits. Workers who suffer a permanent disability are entitled to additional lost pay based on the type of permanent disability they have. Injured or ill workers are also entitled to have the employer’s insurance carrier pay for the medical treatment, devices, and medications the patient needs to be able to return to work or to maximize their health. The worker may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation if the worker can’t do the job he/she did before the accident or illness.
The families of workers who die because of a workplace accident or occupational illness are also to entitled to additional benefits, which our experienced Philadelphia work injury attorneys fight to get the family members.
No matter where you worked, what type of job you did, or how the accident or illness happened – Larry Pitt & Associates has the experience and toughness to handle your case. If you were injured or a loved one was killed due to work-related activities, please contact us or phone 888.PITT.LAW to speak with one of our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers. We handle work injury claims throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.