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Sprains, strains top list of workers' injuries

Maryland workers who are injured on the job may be interested in some statistics to see how their ailments compare to injured workers nationwide. Roughly 3.7 million people suffer workplace injuries across the United States every year, according to federal statistics.

After analyzing 1.5 million injury claims that were filed over a four-year period, the nation's biggest workers' compensation insurance provider found that 30 percent of injuries suffered were sprains and strains, with employees missing an average of 57 work days. Cuts and punctures made up 19 percent of the injuries, accounting for 24 days of missed work. Contusions accounted for 12 percent of the injuries, with fractures and inflammations each accounting for 5 percent. All other injuries not in any of these categories amounted to 29 percent.

Workers involved in material handling such as in manufacturing and retail sectors were more likely to be injured than in other fields. They accounted for 32 percent of the injuries. Other injuries suffered were trips and falls, 16 percent; struck by or colliding with moving objects, 10 percent; accidents involving tools, 7 percent, and long-term trauma, perhaps caused by muscle strain or occupational illness, 4 percent.

Maryland employees who are injured in a workplace accident may be eligible to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits that can include the provision of medical care and treatment as well as partial wage replacement. Unfortunately, many employers attempt to keep their insurance premiums down by disputing or even in some cases denying a legitimate claim. In such an event, an injured worker may want to have legal assistance at a subsequent appeals hearing.

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