According to a recent article by CBS news, on average a worker is hurt in our country every seven seconds! The article, based primarily on a report from a major worker’s compensation insurance company (Travelers), reveals that injuries happen in all professions and to all ages and types of workers.
Interestingly, according to the article (What Happens Every 7 Seconds: A Workplace Injury), about one-quarter of work injuries occur in an employee’s initial year of work.
WIth this volume of injuries across all industries, disputes are bound to occur over the existence of the injury, the extent of a worker’s disability, and whether permanent limitations are necessary. Disputes also are endemic in a system primarily involving for-profit insurance companies (as well as rising medical costs).
The key is that every seven seconds a work injury happens-meaning every seven seconds a claim could be denied and attorney involvement required.