Workplace Injuries in New Jersey: An Overview
Between 2000 and 2011, a total of 1,283 workers lost their lives to fatal injuries in New Jersey workplaces, according to the New Jersey Department of Health. Thousands more were injured. Although the number of deaths and injuries has been decreasing in recent years, any worker who suffers injury on the job may face lost wages, lost productivity, and a long road to recovery.
In 2013, the New Jersey Department of Labor recorded 103,400 cases of workplace injuries. About 4,000 of these injuries resulted in hospitalizations, according to the Department of Health. About 55,000 injuries required the injured person to take at least one day off work, and another 14,000 injured people needed to be placed on light duty or reassigned so that they could continue to work as their injuries healed.
Injury rates were highest in construction, mining, trade, transportation, and utilities jobs. Trade, transportation, and utilities services accounted for about 27,000 workplace injury incidents in 2013, after which about 16,000 workers needed to take time away from work or switch jobs in order to focus on recovery. About 3,400 injuries occurred on construction sites, and another 7,600 occurred in manufacturing workplaces.
If you’ve been injured on the job in New Jersey, don’t wait: contact an experienced workplace injury lawyer to learn more about your legal rights and options. At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., our dedicated attorneys have helped workers in Princeton, New Brunswick, and Plainsboro, as well as surrounding townships. Contact us today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
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