Americans depend on their jobs. What many people may not realize is that workers in all industries face the risk of getting injured. We are now learning that retail workers may face more risks on the job than was previously understood. When a worker is hurt on the job, they should be able to count on having their medical bills and lost income covered. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our Kansas City work injury attorneys want to discuss what kind of injuries retail workers face each day.
Workers face risks every day in Kansas City
As we delve into a recent report that discusses retail worker injuries, we want to make it clear that workers in all industries face dangers. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we know that there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries reported in this country during the latest reporting year.
When you consider a list of dangerous occupations, you probably think of construction work, manufacturers, truck drivers, and other similar high-risk occupations. However, new research shows their retail workers may face more risks on the job then was previously understood.
This is not a surprise for our Kansas City work injury attorneys, but we are glad that this is getting attention. This is an especially timely topic considering just how busy retail workers are this time of year. Do we ever consider how much stress retail workers are under due to holiday shopping?
A BLS report says that 3.5 out of every 100 retail workers sustained an injury or illness in 2018. This was an increase from the previous year and a higher number then was reported in manufacturing, a traditionally more dangerous industry.
Some of the most dangerous types of stores to work for retail employees include:
- Home furnishing stores
- Used merchandise stores
- Stores that sell building materials
- Tire dealerships
- Retail supercenters
- Pet supply stores
Some of the most common injuries reported in retail employees include sprains, tears, general soreness, lacerations, fractures, and overexertion injuries. Many workers in the retail industry experience repetitive stress injuries. These are caused by workers having to perform the same motions over and over again for long periods of time. In many cases, the signs and symptoms of these injuries do not appear for months or years, making it hard to pinpoint the injury on workplace causes.
We can help secure the compensation you need
If you or somebody you care about has been injured at work and are having trouble securing the compensation you deserve, seek legal assistance immediately. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our dedicated and experienced team will get to work securing the compensation you deserve, including:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the work injury
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Any short- or long-term disability benefits you are owed