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Work injury statistics

Most Mississippi residents need to work to provide for themselves and their families. When an individual is injured at work, these injuries can negatively affect his or her physical and financial health. This article focuses on statistics surrounding nonfatal work injuries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics U.S. Department of Labor (BLS).

In general, the incidence of nonfatal work injuries is about 109 accidents for every 10,000 full-time workers. According to the 2013 statistics, the median time away from work to recover from injuries was 8 days. In the private sector, the total days away from work was about 100 days for every 10,000 full-time workers. As might be expected, the private sector workers that have the greatest number of days away from work are freight, stock, and material movers.

The incidence of nonfatal work injuries for local government protective service workers is about 450 for every 10,000 full-time workers. Individuals who work grounds or maintenance for local governments have a slightly higher incidence of workplace injuries. Their statistics are about 472 for every 10,000 workers. The average number of days away from work is about 160 days.

When days away from work turn into a permanent departure from the workplace, it may be time to seek alternative means of financial support. Social Security Disability insurance is available to individuals who are permanently disabled and unable to work. Individuals seeking to apply for SSD may wish to consider finding a qualified SSD attorney to speak with. An experienced Mississippi SSD attorney has likely helped injured workers in the past get the benefits that they are entitled to by law.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, “Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illness Requiring Days Away from Work,” last visited July 6, 2015.


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