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Are serious workplace injuries going unreported?

| Apr 8, 2016 | Workers' Compensation |

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) started requiring workplaces to compile detailed reports concerning serious injuries late last year. Before this requirement went into place, the agency did not have a system to accurately determine the number of serious injuries occurring at factories and workplaces across the United States.

In many situations, OSHA would be on site to perform an investigation into an accident in which a worker was killed, and they would discover that many other workers were seriously injured in other accidents at the same place. This led them to develop stronger record-keeping requirements to help them learn more about the scope of the number of serious workplaces happening each year.

OSHA has recently released the accident rates for 2015. According to the agency, over 10,000 people were seriously injured while on-the-job. This includes over 2,500 workers who suffered amputations, as well as an additional 7,000-plus workers who needed hospitalization because of their injuries.

While this may seem like a very large number, officials with the agency feel that there are actually many more of these serious accidents going unreported. OSHA believes that the real number of serious injuries in the workplace may actually top 20,000. Employers self-report these numbers, as OSHA lacks the resources to visit each workplace to ensure that the companies are complying with all workplace safety measures.

What you must do if you are injured while working in Louisiana

If you find yourself seriously injured in a workplace accident, you must immediately report the injury to your supervisor. This ensures that there is documentation concerning the event, and this might be crucial evidence that we will need to rely upon later to connect your injuries to the incident.

Once you have reported the injury, you will need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Workers’ compensation benefits will be available to you to pay for the treatment that you receive, as well as provide you with additional compensation for missed time from work.

It is important that you reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to help you understand what you need to do to comply with the various requirements that the system has in place.