Workplace injuries in Colorado and around the U.S. are an all too common occurrence. Whether the injury comes from an accident on a construction site or over time from repetitive typing on a keyboard, injured workers need to be able to access the medical services they need without incurring a financial burden.
Workers’ compensation in Colorado and all other 49 states have a no-fault system for injured workers to provide them this care and protect them from financial ruin.
Below are a few statistics regarding workplace injuries in the U.S. As you will see, many of these injuries are preventable…anticipating events ahead of time can keep you and your workplace free from the plague of an on-the-job injury.
• Around 4.1 million U.S. workers are injured on-the-job each year, equating to around 4.4 cases per 100 workers.
• Of these 4 million, around half of them have injuries that require them to miss work and seek ongoing medical treatment.
• Mid-size companies (50-250 employees) see the highest number of workplace injuries while small businesses (fewer than 11 employees) see the least.
• Only about 4% of workplace injuries are related to faulty equipment – most are preventable.
• In 2004, construction workers accounted for 1 in 5 workplace deaths and 1 in 10 workplace injuries.
• Texas has the highest number of workplace injuries, followed by California and Florida.
• Car crashes represent the leading cause of workplace deaths, accounting for around 1300 workers’ deaths each year.
Of course, it’s best to do all you can to ensure a workplace injury doesn’t happen in the first place. Many initiatives within companies and different states have seen success in reducing the number of workplace accidents.
Remember though if you’re injured on-the-job, you are entitled to full medical benefits and wage loss benefits. If you’re having trouble obtaining these or any other lawful Colorado workers’ compensation benefits, contact Denver workers’ compensation attorney R. Mack Babcock today for a free consultation.