In August the US Department of Labor released its annual report on the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2008. The total number of fatal work injuries in 2008 was 5,071 compared to 5,657 in 2007. This is the smallest annual total since the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries was started in 1992.

Also the rate of fatal injuries per 100,000 workers fell from 4.0 in 2007 to 3.6 in 2008.

The reason for these declines may be due to the fact that the average hours worked in America fell by 1% in 2008 and some of the more dangerous jobs, like construction, experienced greater declines in employment and hours worked.

Another factor is that more injured workers may have not reported injuries due to fear of being fired from their job. This is not legal but it does happen a lot. Talk about adding insult to injury. In my opinion, these types of employers deserve to be sued and shouldn’t be allowed to own a business.

If you have been fired because you got injured on the job in Virginia you need to get a good Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer who can help you fight for the rights that you legally have. It is not fair and they will try to use every trick they can to keep you from getting what you deserve.

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