Howard Ankin says more work needed to reduce serious workplace injuries

Chicago workersu2019 compensation attorney Howard Ankin said the latest workplace injury numbers are welcome news, but that thereu2019s still much work left to do to protect employee safety. The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its 2013 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. It shows a decline in serious injuries and illnesses and no change in non-serious injuries.

The survey shows that there were more than three million workplace injuries or illnesses in 2009. Injuries accounted for 2.9 million cases, while illness accounted for the remaining 100,000. In terms of types of employers, mid-size private companies reported the most injuries, while small companies with 10 or less employees reported the least.

The biggest decrease came among injuries that meet the DART classification. An injury is a DART injury if it results in days away, reclassification, or transfer. More than 1.6 million of the reported injuries met DART standards. Thatu2019s a rate of 1.7 per 100 employees, which is a decline from 2012.

There were approximately 1.4 million injuries that didnu2019t result in days away or job reclassification or transfer. That represents a rate of 1.6 per 100 full-time workers, which is unchanged from 2012.

Howard Ankin, owner and partner at Ankin Law, LLC, said that while he is happy about the decrease, he recognizes that there is still work to do. u201cI see sufferers of workplace injuries all the time,u201d he said. u201cWhile I can appreciate the progress, I still feel for those three million who are suffering. Thereu2019s much work to do to make workplaces safer for everyone.u201d

Ankin added that those who frequently suffer injuries are often the least prepared to deal with them. u201cI see a lot of workers from manual labor and service industries. They work demanding jobs and the work takes its toll,u201d he said.u201d u201cUnfortunately, they may not have the financial stability needed to miss extended periods of work.u201d

Mr. Ankin said that he and his firm continue to fight for injured workers who may need compensation to pay for lost wages, medical treatment, and rehabilitation.

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Chicago personal injury and workers’ compensation attorney Howard Ankin has a passion for justice and a relentless commitment to defending injured victims throughout the Chicagoland area. With decades of experience achieving justice on behalf of the people of Chicago, Howard has earned a reputation as a proven leader in and out of the courtroom. Respected by peers and clients alike, Howard’s multifaceted approach to the law and empathetic nature have secured him a spot as an influential figure in the Illinois legal system.

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