It is safe to say that all industries experience workplace accidents leading to injury, some more than others. Although the rate of workplace injuries in Louisiana has enjoyed a downward trend for 18 years, injurious accidents still affect thousands of residents.
For most, receiving workers’ compensation after an injury is the only way to continue making ends meet.
Nonfatal 2019 workplace injuries resulting in missed work
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), private sector employers reported 24.1 thousand workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019. This figure is down by more than 1,000 compared with injuries and illnesses reported in 2018, which totaled 25.6 thousand.
The following is a short breakdown of the injuries affecting Louisiana employees in 2019:
- Strains, sprains and tears represented 32.5% of reported injuries.
- Upper extremity trauma (shoulders, arms, etc.) represented 31.8% of reported injuries.
- Lower extremity trauma (ankles, legs, etc.) represented 24.9% of reported injuries.
- Slips, trips and falls accounted for nearly 30% of reported workplace injuries.
- Ground surfaces, walkways and floors are where most slips, falls and trips occurred.
As you can see, more workplace safety measures are needed to continue reducing the number of workplace injuries occurring each year in Louisiana. Although workers’ compensation is there for injured employees, it is always better to avoid harmful accidents altogether.
If you’ve been injured at work, take action
Filing a workers’ compensation claim or even just an incident report after a potentially harmful event helps the state and the nation address workplace safety. Reporting accidents and filing claims when appropriate also helps you and your family. It allows you to receive the medical care and income replacement necessary to continue with your way of life.
As always, if you have trouble accessing your rightful benefits, consider taking your case to a legal advocate for assistance.