According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), private employers reported 2.9 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016.
Reporting absolutely every minor ache and pain would drown the office in paperwork and grind the shop to a halt. And–let’s face it–most minor injuries are simply that: minor. But not always.
Millions of people are injured in workplace accidents each year, sometimes leaving injured workers with high medical expenses, an inability to earn a living, and with a significantly diminished quality of life.
Of the millions of Americans that are injured each year in workplace accidents or who develop diseases related to their occupation, a large percentage of those injured are legally entitled to benefits through their state’s workers’ compensation program.