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New Report Shows Women Face Unique Injury Risks at Work


Workplace injuries can be devastating for anyone, regardless of gender. But a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that while women have historically received fewer workplace injuries than men, the types of on-the-job injuries can be quite different for females.

According to the recently released data, men accounted for 4,836 workplace fatalities in 2015. By contrast, 344 women died on the job during the same period. The leading cause of job-related deaths for both genders is the same – transportation accidents that occur by road, air, water or railway.

Then the numbers begin to diverge, where the second most common cause of workplace deaths death for women is by violence and other injuries by persons or animals. By contrast, the second leading cause for men are caused by slip, trip, and fall mishaps.

To some extent, the drastic difference in the number of fatalities can be attributed to the fact that fewer women work in some of the most high-risk industries, such as construction, mining and gas and oil extraction. But other deaths often befall women at much higher rates than men, such domestic violence-related incidents that occur at work.

Beyond workplace deaths, many nonfatal job-related injuries occur in fields that are predominantly staffed by women, including healthcare and office and administrative support. These injuries commonly occur through overexertion or repetitive movements and include sprains, strains, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.

For example, nurses and nursing assistants are sometimes injured when lifting or turning patients in their beds. In addition, they are more likely to be exposed to blood-borne illnesses through unintentional needle sticks. Both occupations are typically comprised of women.

Workplace injuries can lead to missed work, job restrictions or even job reassignments. Plenty of highly qualified people have been forced into demotions because of on-the-job injuries or illnesses. Getting workers’ compensation benefits can be critical to make up for lost wages and to receive the best medical treatment available.

What Could Workers’ Compensation Benefits Do for Me?  

In a perfect world, an injured worker could apply for workers’ compensation through their employer with no problem. But unfortunately, uncooperative employers can prevent eligible employees from getting what they need to recuperate.

Workers’ compensation laws are different in North Carolina and South Carolina and depending on where you live, benefits can cover:

  • Medical fees and hospital stays
  • Disability payments while you cannot work
  • Retraining
  • Vocational rehabilitation
  • Mileage reimbursement for doctor visits
  • Death benefits to your loved ones 

Could Others Be Liable for My Workplace Injury?

It is possible that a third party may be liable for your workplace injuries. An injury that occurs on a construction site is a perfect example because multiple contractors are often performing their duties at the same time.

It’s possible that you got hurt because another person was negligent, not your employer. Or if a defective product injured you, there are several possible parties who could be responsible, such as the product’s creator, manufacturer or distributor. In cases that may not be clear-cut, determining who is responsible is a job for an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

Contact One of Our South Carolina or North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Have questions or having trouble obtaining workers’ compensation benefits or third-party compensation for your workplace injuries? Contact Grimes Teich Anderson LLP for help today.

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