Most people in Pennsylvania probably don’t go to work each day thinking about the danger of a workplace accident. However, we all know it is possible, from construction site accidents, for example, to repetitive stress injuries, and everything in between. How might you get injured on the job?
Well, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, there are any number of ways to get injured and injuries obviously vary in severity. For instance, in one year alone—2020—the statistics show that over 196,000 injuries occurred at worksites in America that ultimately led to missed time from work for the injured workers. Those particular injuries for that statistic were caused by contact with equipment or other objects.
Other statistics show that younger workers are likely to be more prone to suffering injuries on the job. The NIOSH statistics show that workers under the age of 25, in particular, have higher rates of injuries on the job that thereafter require emergency medical assistance. Overall in 2020, approximately 1.8 million workers suffered injuries on the job that required emergency medical assistance.
Considering legal options
In some of these types of situations, injured workers may have legal options to consider. Of course, most people know that workers’ compensation exists in part to avoid legal disputes between employees and employers, but there are certain circumstances that might lead to personal injury lawsuits. Anyone in Pennsylvania who has suffered an injury on the job might want to consider their potential legal options and have the facts of their unique situation evaluated.