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In Connecticut, hospitals more dangerous than construction sites

When people think of workplace accidents, they probably conjure up images of construction sites, manufacturing plants, or fishing boats. But in Connecticut and elsewhere, folks who work in hospitals, nursing homes and other health care facilities run a greater risk for workplace injury than those employed in construction or manufacturing jobs. The incidence of injury is similar across all types of health care facilities, public or private, union or nonunion.

Data that was compiled by United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that injuries to health workers occur most often in larger facilities such as hospitals, medical centers, and long-term care centers. In the health care setting, injuries and illnesses are most often caused by other people, followed by slips and falls and bodily reaction to overexertion, like sprained muscles, hernias, or ruptured discs. All health care workers also run an elevated risk of contracting an infection, illness or disease on the job.

Fortunately, health care workers who are injured or become ill while on the job at their place of work may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Workers' compensation is a special type of insurance that's designed to assist workers with the costs of medical treatment and rehabilitation, as well as lost wages and/or earning potential due to workplace illness or injury. Unfortunately, however, navigating the workers' compensation claims process is not always a walk in the park.

In Connecticut, the workers' compensation system has its own rules, laws, and procedures - as well as deadlines. A seasoned workers' compensation attorney can assist injured workers as they make their way through the claims process. A workplace injury already can be painful, but the workers' compensation process doesn't have to be.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Hospital workers: an assessment of occupational injuries and illnesses," accessed Jan. 30, 2018

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