Nebraska workers don't go to work thinking today is the day they're going to suffer a serious injury and die. But for some workers, this becomes a reality. Work-related illnesses and injuries are still a serious concern for workers in Nebraska and across the United States.
According to 2015 statistics from the AFL-CIO, each day 150 workers die from a work-related injury or illness in the United States. That year, over 4,800 workers died from a work-related injury while another 50,000 to 60,000 died from work-related diseases. Nebraska ranks in the top 10 states for work-related fatalities. The most dangerous work sectors are construction, transportation and agriculture.
There is an alarming number of work-related injuries and fatalities each year in the United States. When a worker is injured on the job, especially if they are a construction worker or transportation worker, these injuries are often serious and may keep them out of work for months. A worker may wonder how they will be able to support themselves and their family. An attorney who handles cases of worker injuries can help their client get back on their feet. They can assist their client in their pursuit of workers' compensation benefits. Moreover, if anyone else is responsible for the worker's injury, an attorney can help their client hold that party accountable as well. Families who are affected by a loved one who has died because of a work-related accident or disease may also want to seek compensation.
Unfortunately, many workplaces are just not safe. Accidents can happen just about anywhere and at any time. If a Nebraska worker finds themselves facing serious injuries or illnesses, an attorney can help them seek justice.
Source: Insurance Journal, "Unions remind U.S.: 150 workers die every day from job injuries; illnesses", April 28, 2017