Although the number of work-related injuries has decreased over the last 20 years, an average of 3 million Americans in the private sector are still injured on the job every year. Every state, including Louisiana, struggles with the immense cost of work-related injuries on the economy and on individual families and lives.
Hazardous working environments in the modern day are often not what most people might expect. Supposed high-risk professions like construction work and law enforcement do come with a high risk of injury, but many people may be at risk in office environments. Injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, often accompany jobs that involve long hours of typing at a desk. Injuries or diseases related to office work are now even more common than conditions associated with high-risk professions. In addition, those injuries may result in extended recovery periods and prolonged therapy for treatment.
Although overall concern for healthy and safety has improved in recent decades, the reporting of non-serious injuries by companies often tends to be lower than actual figures, making some work environments and states appear safer in reports than they actually are. One commenter suggests that figures reported by certain employers do not match data gathered from records available publicly.
All workers have the right to a safe workplace and proper medical treatment when they are injured on the job. When a workplace injury does occur, the injured worker might consider filing a workers' compensation claim. By filing for such benefits, the worker might receive funds that replace a portion of the person's wages or cover the cost of medical treatment.
Source: MarketWatch, 'Work is a dangerous place for millions of Americans", Quentin Fottrell, March 24, 2015