Workplace injury statistics released

Many workers in Pennsylvania are familiar with the complications that can arise out of workers' compensation claims. A report released by Liberty Mutual shows the heavy toll such incidents have taken on businesses in recent years and details some of the primary causes of these injuries. Given the high costs of such incidents for employers and employees alike, it's worthwhile to take a moment to better understand what the statistics might mean.

According to the report, businesses incurred $15.08 billion in costs associated with overexertion injuries during 2013. Falls from the same level, which can be caused by tripping over an obstacle or some other object, accounted for approximately $10.07 billion in costs, while falls to lower levels cost businesses at least $5.4 billion. These and other serious workplace injuries constituted 64.8 percent of the total as calculated by Liberty Mutual's Workplace Safety Index.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also noted the prominence of overexertion as a source of workplace injury in a report released in November 2015. That report emphasized that there were 33.8 cases of musculoskeletal disorders related to overexertion per 10,000 workers in 2014. In total, businesses across the country incurred $61.88 billion in costs associated with disabling workplace injuries in 2013.

Acceptance of workers' compensation benefits usually precludes the possibility of pursuing litigation against the employer later on. For this reason, someone who has been injured in a workplace incident may wish to discuss the matter with a lawyer who has experience with these issues and who can help determine the best way to proceed.

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