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Most people in the St. Louis area have personally felt what economists have been telling us, which is that the economy in this region has been struggling even more than the national economy. The population of St. Louis has stagnated, and the per-capita income in the metro area has fallen to around 77% of the average in New York, when a few decades ago our region’s per-capita income was 89% of New York’s. The coastal economies seem to have recovered from the 2008 recession better than some areas in the middle of the country, but St. Louis has struggled more than even some of its peer cities, like Chicago.
Many blame changes in federal anti-monopoly regulations that led to the loss of companies like TWA and Ozark Airlines, Boatmen’s Bank, Stix Baer & Fuller, Central Hardware, McDonnell Douglas, Southwestern Bell, Fleishman-Hillard, Ralston Purina, and A.G. Edwards. And, of course, worst of all, InBev has bought out Anheuser-Busch. This is not intended to be a rant against globalization—and, of course, many of these acquired companies still have a presence here—it is simply to point out that companies in St. Louis are under pressure to be competitive and that can lead to shortcuts in workplace safety.
At The Dixon Injury Firm, we offer a variety of legal services. This includes personal injury, workers’ compensation, product liability, and other claims. Our St. Louis workplace safety lawyers bring quality legal counsel to clients and their families. If you were injured at work due to unsafe workplace practices or safety violations, we can help.
Tough Times Can Lead to Risky Workplaces
The Missouri Department of Labor provides data on the most common work-related in the state, and the statistics are pretty close to the national numbers. By far the most common injuries are sprains or strains, which account for about 37% of injuries nationally and 35.7% in private industry in Missouri. The federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that these injuries generally require a median of 12 days off work to recuperate.
People in the shipping business, moving freight, stock, and material, suffered these injuries the most. They were followed by nursing assistants and tractor-trailer truck drivers. Their injuries are commonly caused by overexertion or falls, slips, and trips.
The second most common types of injuries in Missouri are fractures, which are about 12.9% of reported cases in the state and 9% nationally. These take a median of 31 days to heal.
Studies show that work gets riskier in a bad economy. For example, one study published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that insecure or precarious employment drives up workplace risks. Companies are looking for the most productive workers, and they may punish those that report safety risks or ask for health accommodations. Tests show that people working at companies going through layoffs have health problems like high blood pressure that can aggravate other conditions. And studies may actually underestimate the health problems because workers in a struggling economy do not want to complain. It is very likely, then, that St. Louis workers are being exposed to more risk than the national average.
Call The Dixon Injury Firm for Compassionate & Aggressive Representation
Our founding attorney, Christopher Dixon, is a home-grown attorney who cares deeply about the St. Louis, Missouri community. He attended Lindbergh High School, studied law at the University of Missouri, and has since returned to St. Louis to build a practice based solely on helping those that have been wrongfully injured.
Our firm also gives back to the community. Attorney Dixon created the St. Louis Suit Project, which is a nonprofit aimed at providing high school and college students with professional outfits they need for the workplace or job interviews.
Additionally, in order to ease some of the stress our clients are facing, we are proud to offer contingency fees. Under this system, you do not pay any upfront or out-of-pocket expenses when you choose to work with our attorneys. Instead, we only collect attorneys’ fees at the conclusion of a successful case. Attorneys’ fees are paid via a pre-agreed on percentage of your total settlement or verdict. In the unlikely event that we do not win your case, you do not pay!
To learn more, including how our St. Louis workplace safety lawyers can help you, call our office at (314) 208-2808 for a free consultation.