Trends in North Carolina Nonfatal Workplace Injuries 2003-2007
Workers in any field are subject to some risk of sustaining a workplace injury, even if there does not appear to be any inherent danger associated with the performance of most of the tasks. This is in large part due to the fact that human error and other uncontrollable environmental factors bear much more influence on the course of events than one would typically notice. Sometimes it’s the small things, like an ill-placed extension cord that can leave a worker temporarily – or permanently – unable to work.
If you or your loved one has been hurt on the job, contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at (252) 222-0227. We can help you navigate the bureaucratically muddled process of filing a claim for benefits so that your family does not have to bear too much financial distress.
Workplace Injury Statistics: Going Up
There are now roughly 4 million regularly employed workers in the state of North Carolina. This number has grown steadily since 2003 and each year up through 2007 saw a similar rise in the number of work-related injuries that required employers to report them to the appropriate authorities. Though the dip in 2007 is an encouraging sign, the otherwise upward trend indicates that there is still plenty of room for improvements in workplace safety. The following represents the number of reportable illnesses and injuries annually for 2003-2007:
- 2003 – 128,200
- 2004 – 130,100
- 2005 – 130,700
- 2006 – 131,300
- 2007 – 124,100
Most families in the United States live from paycheck to paycheck, so the delay of workers’ compensation benefits can be devastating. Contact the Raleigh workers’ compensation lawyers of the Law Office of Sam Scudder, at (252) 222-0227 for the legal assistance you need.