Speak Up About Your North Carolina On-The-Job Worker Injury In North Carolina!In a recent New York Times article written by Steven Greenhouse, the paper reports on frightening statistics: may workers do not report their on-the-job injuries – a fact makes the workplace more dangerous, doesn’t hold your workplace responsible for unsafe conditions, and doesn’t end in workers’ compensation benefits for the victims of a worker accident.
According to the Government Accountability Office, who studied information taken from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as independent studies, a large number of worker injuries go reported each year, often because employers use scare tactics or encourage their employees to keep quiet. Many of those who did not report injuries were migrant workers, immigrants, and others who may be worried about losing their job over an injury report.
In some cases, the GAO found that employers would often downplay injuries by making alternative diagnoses or seeking the opinions of several doctors. In other cases, workers were discouraged to report their accidents at all or even threatened. In fact, almost half of all doctors say that they have been asked to make mild or minimized diagnoses for injured workers by their employers.
In 2007, according to the most conservative estimates by the OSHA, there were 5,700 worker deaths and 4 million on-the-job injuries.
It is extremely important for all workers to understand that they should report all workplace injuries to their employer and seek workers’ compensation to for their medical costs, lost wages, and other damages. It is illegal for employers to threaten you with consequences if you report your injury. If you do not report your work injury, there is a greater chance that someone else will be injured in the same way – and you will not receive the proper financial support that you deserve.