The rate of injuries and illnesses suffered at the workplace continues to fall in the Golden State. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), the statewide injury and illness rate is the lowest it has been in 13 years. In the year 2013, four out of every 100 workers suffered an injury or illness. The number of serious injuries and illnesses has dropped, as well.
Overall, California employees suffered 460,000 recordable injuries and illnesses in the year 2014 compared to 468,400 in 2013. Here are a few other useful statistics reported by DIR:
- Latino workers make up 59 percent of all reported work injury cases. Three out of four workers who suffered injuries that required employees to miss work in the construction, manufacturing, mining, and natural resource industries were Latino.
- There is a higher rate of injury among new hires and young workers. One out of every four workers who missed work with an injury had only been on the job for less than a year. This suggests that experience and training can help prevent accidents.
- The most common work injuries are sprains, strains, and tears.
- The most common cause of work-related injury in California was overexertion, contact with an object and falling, slipping, and tripping.
If you are injured on the job, it is important that you inform your supervisor right away. Ask them if there is a specific hospital that their insurance provider prefers and go there for medical attention. Then, keep records of your medical bills and your lost wages. Workers’ compensation insurance should cover your expenses.
If you’re worried workers’ compensation will deny your claim, make sure you seek out guidance from an experienced San Diego workers’ compensation attorney. Support may be available for your pain and suffering and other related damages. Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers can help you.
Contact us today at (888) 233-5020.