Industrial Injuries are a concern for many people. These injuries are one of the factors, which influence insurance costs for contractors and general contractors. The Bureau Of Labour Statistics conducted a study to determine how prevalent injuries are in the construction industry and which injuries were most common. The numbers were quite staggering. Nearly 55% of construction workers reported some form of injury or illness in their lifetime, ranging from minor issues to hospitalization. Different injuries occurred, with the most common being strains and sprains (36%), followed by cuts and lacerations (35%).
The Industry injury statistics are staggering. They show that workers get injured four times more frequently in 2014 than in 1994. In 2014, 25% of total non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses required days away from work, while another 12% resulted in restricted work activity.
The top three causes of unintentional injuries at work are:
1. Lifting and carrying.
2. Contact with hot objects, liquids, or equipment.
3. Slips and falls.
Industry Injury Claims
Industrial injury claims are a common occurrence in the modern world. Many people are injured daily because of how they perform their job. These injuries can happen due to various reasons. They often occur due to negligence either by the employer or the worker.
Whether it be faulty equipment, unsafe working conditions, or a lack of training and education, these industrial accidents can disrupt your life in more ways than you can ever imagine. Industry injuries get compensated through insurance companies and workers’ compensation.
What to do if you experience Industrial Injury?
If you sustain Industrial injuries in a work accident, you must notify your employer in writing within 30 days of the accident, or you may lose your right to workers’ compensation. Injured workers can report the injury to the employer within 30 days of the industrial accident or first exposure to an injury or illness on the job; we would say it is better to inform your employer sooner rather than later. Benefits are automatic, but nothing happens until your employer finds out about the harm.
Your employer must pay for your care, and you must also tell your health care provider that your injury was work-related. If more than first aid is needed, report the accident to your employer or supervisor immediately and fill out a simple claim form.
Once your employer finds out about your injury, they have one day to provide you with a claim form. The claim form usually must be submitted to the insurance company within one year of the injury, or you may not be able to collect your benefits. Your employer must approve health care within one business day of receiving the application. TD benefits must begin within 14 days after the insurance company gets a medical opinion that you are unfit to work or that your work is affected due to injury or illness. State law allows up to 104 weeks of temporary disability benefits for a single injury within five years from the date of injury; or for some serious injuries, such as amputation, severe burns, or chronic lung disease, the state allows five years from the date of injury.
However, if you do not file a claim within 30 days of your injury, you may miss out on receiving benefits.
Contact an Experienced Industrial Injury Attorney to represent you.
As Industrial Accidents can be overwhelming and complicated, it is advisable to consult professionals in this matter. Contact experienced Industrial Injury Lawyers from San Gabriel Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Lawyers to represent you and your claim.
Call (626) 602-9483 to book a free evaluation.