June 19, 2008 — More than a quarter of American adults say they have been injured while working, often missing substantial time from work as a result, according to a new survey by FindLaw.com.
The survey found that 28 percent of American adults say they have been injured on the job. Among men, the figure climbs to more than one-third (36 percent) who say they have suffered work-related injuries.
Of those injured on the job, 43 percent said they missed more than one week of work as a result of their injury. And 31 percent said they were off the job for more than a month.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported more than 4 million nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses in 2006.
According to the FindLaw.com survey, more than half of those injured on the job – 53 percent – filed a workers’ compensation claim as a result of their injuries. The survey was conducted using a telephone survey of a group of 1,000 randomly selected, demographically balanced American adults. Survey results are accurate plus-or-minus three percentage points. Source: FindLaw.com