Millions of workers are injured on the job each year, including some that suffer illnesses because of workplace conditions. In the worst cases, workers can lose their lives, and in other instances, they can suffer lifelong effects from their injuries or illnesses.
The U.S. Department of Labor Statistics reported that in 2015, for every 10,000 full-time workers, 104 suffered nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that required them to miss days of work. In these cases, the Las Vegas workers comp lawyers at Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez can examine your case and help you get the workers compensation benefits which you’re entitled. Any job can be hazardous, but these sectors traditionally have the highest injury rates:
Manufacturing can expose workers to injuries from equipment as well as repetitive-strain injuries. Some types of manufacturing – such as beverage, tobacco, and wood – face higher than average rates of injury.
Construction zones can be dangerous workplaces, and certain specialties, such as roofing, face an increased risk of falls.
Health care workers include emergency medical technicians (EMTs), who must navigate through and into traffic and are routinely exposed to dangerous situations. Many health-care workers are exposed to needles and lifting patients, and those who work in assisted living facilities face an 8.3 percent rate of injury.
Farming and ranching
From handling strong animals to using dangerous equipment, farmers and ranchers routinely face situations that could lead to serious injury.
These high-stress jobs – which include police and correctional officers – involve situations that are often dangerous, exposing workers to violence. This occupation can also result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Firefighters have physically demanding jobs that put them at risk of falls, burns, and smoke inhalation.
Arts and entertainment
This sector includes those people who work in the performing arts as well as spectator sports. They’re prone to injuries because of repeated motions, and in the case of contact sports, workers can suffer concussions and other issues.
The air transportation industry is the most dangerous part of this sector, with 8.1 percent of workers suffering a workplace injury each year.
Contact Las Vegas workers’ comp lawyers
Workplace injuries can result in pain, decreased mobility, high medical bills, and the need for ongoing physical therapy and other care. Those who are injured may no longer be able to work in their chosen profession, and sometimes they’re not able to return to work at all. Depending on the severity and nature of the injury, a worker may have a reduced quality and enjoyment of life.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident, contact the Las Vegas workers’ comp lawyers of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez. Call us at 702-388-GGRM (4476) for a free consultation today.