Ohio Work Injury Data Reveals Positive Trends, Areas For Improvement

In early February, 2014, the Ohio Bureau of Workers' compensation released data on its website that was compiled as part of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2012 Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses. The new information offers important insights into job injury trends in Ohio. While The Buckeye State significantly outperformed many of its peers in preventing job injuries, the new report also reveals some special areas of concern.

Back Injuries Most Common For Ohio Workers

Overall, for every 100 full-time employees working in Ohio in 2012, there were 3.2 reportable injuries and/or illnesses. While more than three percent of workers suffering a job injury or occupational illness over the course of just one year is no small matter, this was quite a bit better than the national average of 3.7 injuries or illnesses per 100 workers.

The rate of 3.2 injuries and/or illnesses per 100 full-time workers translated to an estimated total of 129,200 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses within Ohio over the course of a year. Nearly a third of these cases involved missed days of work, and in about one in ten, effects of the injury or illness required time working under job restrictions or transfer to a different position.

In both the public and private sector, men were more likely than women to suffer from a serious occupational injury or illness. Workers in the 35-44 age group were also more likely than others to experience a job injury or occupational illness. Injury to the back, including spinal cord injury, was the most common type of injury recorded.

Maximize Your Compensation For An Injury By Consulting An Experienced Ohio Attorney

When you are injured in the course of employment, compensation to cover medical bills, partial wage replacement, and in some cases, permanent bodily damage may be available on a no-fault basis through the Ohio workers' compensation system. While workers' compensation is generally the only remedy against your employer for a work injury, certain work-related injuries may also be compensable through a standard negligence lawsuit against an at-fault third party.

For example, if you were driving in the course of your employment, and you were injured in a crash caused by another motorist who was texting, you may have a claim against that motorist and his or her insurer. Or, if you were working construction and the negligence of a contractor caused you to fall and suffer serious injury, you may have a claim against that contractor.

When you suffer an injury or illness, there may be a number of different avenues for compensation. An Ohio attorney experienced in both personal injury actions and workers' compensation claims can give you the best chances at finding and pursuing the most lucrative resource pools available given your individual circumstances.