You hurt your back in a NJ work accident and need surgery. You go to the hospital to get better – or so you thought. For thousands of Americans each year, a trip to the hospital actually results in a life-threatening condition called MRSA.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a staph infection that is spread by touching. Unlike other staph infections, MRSA doesn't get better with common antibiotics. Many people get MRSA from hospitals or other healthcare settings. A doctor, nurse, or visitor can spread staph germs to a patient.

For healthy individuals, staff infections are usually harmless. The people who are at a greater risk are those with weakened immune systems. This includes workers who need surgery for on-the-job injuries. Once the staph germ enters your body, it can spread to the bones, joints, and key organs like the heart and lungs.

If you are hurt at work, you are entitled to workers' comp benefits that cover your medical bills, pay for lost wages, and monetarily compensate you for your injuries. This is also true if your work injury leads to a MRSA infection. The MRSA becomes a compensable part of the claim, meaning you are entitled to benefits for it. However, that compensation won't come without a fight.

Because staff germs can be found everywhere, your employer's insurance company may say that your MRSA infection is not work-related. You need an experienced Morristown work injury lawyer on your side. Manfred Ricciardelli will help you understand your rights and get through the legal system. He'll argue on your behalf and make sure you get the benefits you are entitled to. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 973-285-1100 or fill out our contact form today.

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