Are workplace injuries under-reported in some industries?

Yes. Businesses fail to report as many as 25 percent of jobsite injuries, according to a study by the Center for Construction Research and Training which surveyed more than 600 workers by mail. One-fourth of the 135 responses revealed workers had not reported on-the-job injuries.

Daytona-area workers’ compensation lawyers at Johnson & Gilbert, headquartered in Ormond Beach, report reasons cited for keeping mum about injuries suffered by the workers were diverse:

  • They feared filing a report would negatively influence their chances of being hired by the employer for subsequent jobs.
  • They didn’t want the employer and fellow workers to consider them as weak or complainers.
  • They accepted the injury as part of the job.
  • They didn’t want to impact their eligibility for safety incentive awards.
  • They could not afford time off to see a physician.
  • They found the paperwork and workers’ compensation process overbearing.

While the process can seem confusing, sorting out the intricacies of the workers’ comp system and preparing claims so people injured on the job recover financial losses is what experienced attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A., have been doing for Daytona and Volusia County clients for more than 15 years.

If you’ve been injured on the job or know someone who has, give Johnson & Gilbert a call at (386) 673-4412 or toll-free at 800.556.8890 to set up an appointment for a free consultation on how to recover any financial losses you’ve experienced. When you call us, ask for a complimentary copy of our book, It's Not Rocket Science, It's Workers' Comp: A Simple Guide through Florida's Not-So-Simple Workers' Compensation System, which will be sent to you without charge or obligation.