by Tim O’Hare
Each year, thousands of American workers die from injuries sustained in a work-related accident or incident. Last fall, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released preliminary numbers for work-related injuries and deaths in 2012. The final numbers are expected this spring.
Overall, fatalities resulting from work-related injuries have fallen slightly in the last few years, but still far too many individuals are injured or killed on the job each year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 10 most dangerous jobs in America:
- Logging workers
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
- Structural iron and steel workers
- Trash and recycling collectors
- Electrical power line installers and repairers
- Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers
- Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural managers
- Construction laborers
The majority of work-related injuries (41 percent) occur in transportation accidents, including car accidents and plane crashes, and more than half (58 percent) of fatal transportation accidents involved motorized land vehicles. Assaults and violence in the workplace account for the 2nd most work-related injuries and deaths, and accounted for 18 percent of workplace deaths in 2012. Slips, trips and falls account for 15 percent of all work-related injuries and deaths.
If you have suffered an injury at work, you may be entitled to substantial money damages including reimbursement for medical expenses , pain and suffering, mental and emotional anguish, lost wages and benefits, future earnings and diminishment of enjoyment of life due to your injury. Spouses of the injured may also be entitled to collect damages for the loss of pleasure or companionship.
In cases where a workplace injury was the result of gross negligence on the part of another individual or entity, such as an employer or manufacturer, you may be able to collect punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and to prevent the misconduct from being repeated in the future.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, trust your case to a professional who will handle your case with extreme care and integrity. The Law Offices of Tim O’Hare has represented clients against employers, manufacturers and other defendants who have caused workplace injuries, and we have successfully handled numerous cases. We know which medical experts and occupational experts you will need, and our personal injury attorneys will stick with your case no matter how long it takes.
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