Injuries in the workplace can lead to devastating consequences. Dangerous workplaces are all too common in the U.S, but what’s the actual cost to businesses? According to the National Safety Council, in 2017 injuries at the workplace cost employers over $161.5 billion. This includes property damage, medical expenses, loss in wage, productivity and more. The report breaks the numbers down further. For every injured worker that had to see a doctor and needed six days or more off work cost and an average of $39,000. If there was a workplace death, that number jumps up to $1,150,000 per employee.
There were over 28 million nonfatal injuries in the workplace back in 2017. 1.1 million of those resulted in days away from work. The average of those days missed was nine. The majority of these injuries happened on construction sites. Often, these workers work as contractors. Because of this special status, these people are not eligible for workers’ compensation. This puts workers in an especially difficult situation. These contractors risk injury on unsafe workplaces and are thrown away by their employer when the business acts negligently and harms the worker.
The hard truth is that not everyone is able to receive workers’ compensation. If you were harmed at work, and do not qualify for workers’ compensation, its best to seek an attorney. A personal injury attorney will be able to help determine who was negligent in the incident that caused your injury. Depending on the circumstances, you might be entitled to damages. You shouldn’t be on the hook for medical bills and lost wages.
Have You Been Hurt In a Work Place Accident?
Has your employer harmed you due to their negligence? Did their violation of OSHA regulations result in a serious injury? If so, you need an experienced attorney to fight for you and to get you the compensation you deserve. Villarreal and Begum know how to fight negligent employers. If you have been in an accident at work, give us a call or contact us online. We are here day and night to set up your free consultation.