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The Costliest Injuries for Workers

Written by Ankin Law Office

While any injury can sideline a worker, there are some injuries that simply cost more to treat and take longer to recover from. Based on data reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2013, the following are the most expensive injuries for workers and businesses. This data represents injuries that result in six or more days away from the job.

Overexertion – Overexertion injuries account for 30.1% of claims and $19.23 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses. These injuries stem from twisting, bending, lifting, climbing, and reaching for objects. These types of injuries are the most common causes of disabling injury in the workforce.

Falls from Height & The Same LevelFalls from height account for 8.7% of claims and $5.4 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses. These types of injuries are common for construction workers, roofers, landscapers, window cleaners, and sign maintenance professionals. Falls on the same level are even more common and expensive. In 2016, 16.4% of claims were due to falls from the same level and resulted in $10.17 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses.

Transportation – Transportation accidents account for 4.8% of injuries and cost $2.96 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses. These accidents commonly impact truck drivers, delivery drivers, construction workers, couriers, and landscapers.

Slips w/out Falls – Slips without falls happen in every industry and can include slipping on icy sidewalks or tripping over uneven flooring. These types of injuries account for 3.8% of total claims and $2.35 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses.

Entanglements & Crushing – Accounting for 3.2% of all claims and $1.97 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses. These injuries include employees who get caught up in machinery including factory presses, looms, and other pieces of heavy machinery.

Blunt Force Trauma – Trauma caused when workers make contact with objects or equipment in warehouses, factories, and construction sites account for 3% of all claims and $1.85 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses. Further, strikes by these objects account for 8.6% of claims and $5.31 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses.

Repetitive Motion – Repetitive motions such as typing, filing, scanning items at a checkout, processing food, etc. represent 2.9% of all claims and cost roughly $1.82 billion in direct workers’ compensation expenses.

A Chicago Workers’ compensation attorney can help workers who have been injured in these types of accidents recover the compensation that can help them get back on their feet, and back on the job again.

Categories: Work Injury