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New Jersey health care workers and risk of injury

The health care industry attends to the needs and injuries of patients, but oftentimes, the workers themselves suffer on-the-job injuries. Health care workers in New Jersey are at risk for a wide range of injuries related to the tasks they perform at their jobs on a daily basis.

If you are a health care worker and have suffered an injury as a result of your work, you may wish to look into pursuing appropriate compensation for your injuries. Even if you think your injury is too minor to seek compensation, you may have a case to pursue. 

High risk to New Jersey health care workers

The State of New Jersey Labor and Workforce Development Department conducted a survey of occupational injuries and illness. The health care sector ranked second-highest of all private industry sectors in terms of risk for on-the-job illness and injury. The report said two sub-sectors drove the injuries: hospitals and nursing/residential care facilities.

Common health care industry injuries

Health care workers face unique risks on the job. Within the above-cited subsectors, there are several types of injuries that commonly occur. Repetitive stress injuries are one frequent occurrence. OSHA data indicates that health care workers are much more likely to develop musculoskeletal disorders when compared to professionals in other industries. It said sprains and strains make up a little over half (54 percent) of all injuries. Bruises, soreness and pain, and fractures followed.

How to pursue compensation

Some health care workers may think about not formally pursuing compensation for their injuries, perhaps thinking that the injuries are "just a part of the job." However, workers in this field generally have workers' comp rights related to work injuries and the resulting damages, such as medical bills and lost wages from missed days of work. There are personal injury attorneys who are knowledgeable in helping health care workers pursue workers' compensation. If you suffered an on-the-job injury in your work at a hospital or elder care facility, seek a consultation with a qualified attorney for more information about how to proceed with your case.

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