Almost eight percent of the workforce in the United States works in the service industry. This sector of the economy encompasses several divisions that include different service-producing groups, from transportation, communication, utilities, trade, real estate and other professional services.
One of the keys to success in this industry is to maintain customer satisfaction. However, the health and safety of the workers may sometimes be compromised in doing so. This makes workers in the service industry prone to injury or illness. Keep reading to learn more about injuries as a service industry worker.
Rates of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
In 2016 alone, a total of 18 occupational injuries in Louisiana were fatal. About 21.2 in 1000 cases of occupational illness or injury were in the service-providing industry of Louisiana.
Most Common Work-Related Injuries
More than half of the common work-related injuries fall under the three mentioned below. This may be attributed to overexertion and bodily reaction, which is the most common event that leads to a work-related injury. Males ages 45 to 54 are most affected by:
- Sprains, strains and tears
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Soreness and pain
The age group usually affected by occupational injuries are either the youngest in the workforce ages 16 to 19, or the older adults ages 55 and above. These may be caused by a slip and fall, contact with equipment, harm by people or animals, transportation accidents, and exposure to harmful substance or environment:
- Bruises and contusions
- Cuts, lacerations and punctures
- Multiple traumatic injuries
- Heat or thermal burns
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chemical burns and corrosions
Slip and falls are actually the second most likely cause of work-related injury. Around 29 out of 10,000 workers suffer from them. This is no surprise since the most common source of injury in the workplace environment is the floor, walkways and ground surfaces.
Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act
This act protects your rights in case you suffer from any occupational illness or injury. It is important, especially for the 3.3 million Americans who suffer a work-related injury which they may not recover from. Injuries in the service industry are entitled to consultation and treatment to an employee's physician of choice, as well as coverage of the necessary medical expenses. This includes surgical, pharmaceutical, or any medical equipment that may be needed.
On top of this, wage loss benefits up to two-thirds of the worker's pay can be compensated Compensation for mental injuries – such as those caused by stress or trauma – may also be provided. Evidence is required to prove that a worker's injury is indeed due to work. This is why it is important to have a reliable source of legal assistance.
Contact the Schwartz Law Firm for Legal Assistance
If you are injured at work, it is important to protect your rights as it affects both your health and income. The Schwartz Law Firm provides legal assistance regarding your workers' compensation claims. Occupational illness and injury must not be treated lightly and should be subject to proper compensation.
No case is too tedious or extensive for the Schwartz Law Firm's experienced Louisiana workers' compensation attorneys. Schwartz Law has two locations in Louisiana for your convenience, one in Metairie and another in Baton Rouge. Feel free to call us today at 504-837-2263 for your free initial consultation.
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