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Injuries in the workplace are more common than you might think

If you live in Upper Marlboro and have suffered an injury while in the workplace, you know firsthand how greatly it can upend your life. Loss of income, medical bills and lifestyle changes are just some of the problems that you may have encountered. At Wilson & Parlett, we know how important the ability to work and support your family is to you.

You may take some small comfort in knowing, however, that workplace injuries are shockingly common. In fact, according to CBS News, 4.7 million Americans are injured at work every year. That translates to someone being hurt every seven seconds. While you may think that most of the injured have dangerous occupations, the truth is that injuries are common among every type of job. Some of the most common causes of injuries include

  • Tools
  • Tripping
  • Lifting a heavy object
  • Slipping
  • Falling

Motor vehicle accidents on the job were also found to be common in certain industries. Many of the injured suffer from sprains, strains and inflammation. The average employee with a strain or sprain was absent for work for 57 days.

Young people, in particular, seem to be the most at risk for suffering an injury. Workers under the age of 35 make up approximately one-third of the workforce and one-quarter of those injured were only in their first year on the job.

Those who get hurt during the course of performing their duties may be eligible to receive compensation. For more information on your rights if you suffered an injury while at work, please visit our web page.

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