What New Jersey Residents Need to Know About Workplace Injuries

Workplace accidents are a risk in any industry.  Any time employers take shortcuts on training or safety measures, even offices, stores, hospitals, and highways become the scene of workplace accidents.  Nationally, there were approximately 2.6 million non-fatal workplace injuries in 2021 and 5,190 fatal injuries.  In New Jersey, the Bureau of Labor statistics reports that there were 75,000 non-fatal injuries and 80 fatal injuries in 2020.  Transportation accidents, exposure to harmful substances, and falls accounted for the majority of fatal accidents (just under 75%) in New Jersey.  While approximately 20% of all fatal incidents in New Jersey involved workers in the construction industry, workplace injuries can occur in any industry.

Workers’ compensation is a “no fault” insurance program that provides the following benefits to employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses.

  • Medical Benefits
  • Temporary Total Benefits
  • Permanent Partial Benefits
  • Permanent Total Benefits
  • It also provides death benefits to dependents of workers who have died as a result of their employment. 

New Jersey’s worker’s compensation scheme ensures that all injured employees will receive benefits regardless of who was at fault. In exchange for these benefits, the worker cannot bring a civil action against the employer for pain and suffering or other damages, except where their injuries were the result of intentional acts.

While workplace injuries may be stressful, if you are injured at work, the first thing that you should do is notify your employer as soon as possible. The notice may be given to your supervisor, personnel office, or anyone in authority at your place of business. Notice does not have to be in writing. If you need medical treatment, a request should be made to your employer as soon as possible.

What Are the 10 Most Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries?

OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the ten most common workplace injuries are:

  1. Slips, Trips, and Falls
  2. Motor Vehicle and Truck Accidents
  3. Overexertion 
  4. Repetitive Motion or Repetitive Stress injuries
  5. Struck By or Struck Against Objects or Equipment
  6. Electrocution
  7. Cuts and Lacerations
  8. Inhaling Toxic Fumes
  9. Entanglement With Or Compression By Equipment such a factory machines and forklifts
  10. Exposure to Loud Noise

If You’ve Experienced an Accident or Injury at Work, the Attorneys at Mazie Slater Can Help

At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman our experienced workplace injury attorneys will vigorously represent your interests.  Our firm is one of the most reputable personal injury firms in New Jersey, and we have passionately represented our clients for years. You can read more about our other successes, and for a free consultation contact us at (973) 228-9898.