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Fatal workplace accidents by the numbers

Fatal workplace accidents can leave families left behind facing many challenges which is also true of non-fatal workplace accidents and the harm they can cause injured workers. During 2017, the number of fatal workplace injuries in Mississippi equaled 90 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That was an increase of 19 additional fatal workplace injuries from the previous year. In total, there were 5,147 fatal workplace injuries throughout the country during 2017.

Transportation injuries accounted for 61% of fatal workplace injuries in Mississippi during 2017. Transportation injuries also accounted for the highest percentage of fatal workplace injuries nationally during 2017. Private industry accounted for 73% of the 90 fatal workplace accidents and construction, manufacturing, transportation and the warehousing industry sectors accounted for 38 of the fatalities. Fatalities in the construction and private manufacturing sectors were up, while private transportation and warehousing fatal injuries were down.

Are disability benefits available for mental health conditions?

Social Security disability benefits may be available for a variety of different types of including if the disabled individual suffers from a disability because of a physical health condition or mental health condition they suffer from. As is true of physical health conditions, if the disabled individual's mental condition is severe enough that it prevents them from working, they may be able to claim Social Security disability benefits.

Depending on the severity of the disabled applicant's mental condition, and whether or not it prevents them from working, they may qualify to receive Social Security disability benefits. The way that is works is that the Social Security Administration maintains a list of mental impairments recognized as inherently disabling. Those suffering from mental impairments on the list are presumed to be unable to perform substantial gainful activity.

Appeals options for Social Security disability

Disabled individuals who have had their application for Social Security disability benefits denied should be familiar with the different appeals options and rights that they have. Many disabled individuals and their families rely on Social Security disability (SSD) benefits which is why they need to know how to qualify for them.

There are several levels of appeal after an application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied. Because most claims for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied, disabled applicants should know how the Social Security disability appeals process works.

What are repetitive stress injuries and what can I do about them?

Repetitive stress injuries are serious injuries workers can suffer in the workplace. They can come on, and worsen, over time and can have a debilitating impact on workers and their ability to work and earn a living. As a result, workers suffering from a repetitive stress, or strain, injury should know what they can do about it.

Repetitive stress injuries result from a gradual build up of damage to muscles, tendons and nerves that is caused by repetitive motions. Repetitive stress injuries can result in construction jobs, office jobs and on assembly lines and in other types of work as well. Repetitive stress injuries can be painful for workers suffering from them and can also be difficult to treat. Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits and other options may be available to help workers suffering from a repetitive stress injury or other types of injuries suffered on the job.

What are the top 5 occupations for workplace injuries?

The numbers are mind-boggling. A worker is injured on the job every seven seconds in the United States, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). At that rate, 510 workers are hurt every hour, and 12,600 are injured each day.

The impact on workers can be devastating to their health as well as their financial well-being. Using 2017 statistics, the NSC says 4.6 million people are injured, and 104 million production days are lost each year due to work-related injuries.

The important steps to take following workplace accident

After a worker has been injured in the workplace, it is important for them to know what to do and where they can turn. Workers' compensation benefits are a valuable resource that injured workers should know how to obtain when they find themselves facing time away from work as they recover from an injury suffered on the job.

Injured workers have both rights and responsibilities as part of the workers' compensation process and applying for benefits. To begin with, it is important for injured workers to report any injury they have suffered on the job as soon as possible and to fill out an accident report. Injured workers should also be aware that in Mississippi they can select the health care provider they wish to see for the treatment and care of their injuries. Injured workers can also see the doctor provided by their employer and its insurer, if they prefer to do so. The decision is up to the injured worker and depends on their comfort level.

Important details about workers' compensation benefits

Workers' compensation benefits can be an essential lifeline to help get injured workers and their families through the aftermath of a workplace injury. The benefits available to them can help meet their medical and wage-loss needs during a difficult time as they attempt to recover from the harm suffered at work.

Workers' compensation is, in essence, a no-fault insurance system that is paid for entirely by employers. It provides invaluable medical and wage loss benefits to workers injured on-the-job. This means that workers' compensation benefits provide important protections to injured workers, with few exceptions, regardless of how they have been injured on the job. In addition, employers with greater than 5 employees are required to provide workers' compensation coverage. Most workers are covered but there are some exceptions workers should be aware of.

What role does work history play in Social Security disability?

Eligibility for Social Security disability benefits is based off of two things including a medical condition that causes disability and work history. Disabled applicants need to qualify based on both their disability and work history credits so they should be familiar with how work history credits work.

Work history credits are earned when the disabled applicant works in jobs covered by Social Security that pay into Social Security. Social Security work history credits are based on the wages or self-employment income the applicant earns over the year and it is possible to earn up to four work credits a year. The amount of earnings needed to earn a work credit varies by year to disabled applicants should be familiar with the number needed when they are applying.

Different types of construction injuries and risks to workers

This blog recently discussed the nature of workplace injuries and what injured workers may be able to do about them. One industry that can be particularly risky for workers to suffer serious and catastrophic injuries is the construction industry. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that of 3.3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2009, 9 percent occurred in the construction industry. Per 100 full time workers, construction workers suffer 4.3 nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses.

Of these construction accident injuries, some of the most common types of construction injuries are fall injuries. Construction workers can suffer falls from improperly secured scaffolding, roofs, ladders and cranes. In addition, construction workers can be in danger from falling objects including objects that were not properly secured on the construction site. Equipment-related accidents are another category of construction accidents that can have devastating consequences for victims who can suffer injuries related to large equipment accidents or other types of equipment like nail gun accidents.


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