Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Work Injury
According to a recent New York Times article, in this tough economy, employers are hiring fewer workers and expecting more out of them. Workers are sometimes being required to work very long hours. They are also required to work strange shifts, working late one night and then starting very early the next day. The result is a very tired workforce.
A study conducted in the Netherlands showed that highly fatigued workers are 70% more likely to suffer a work related injury. When people are overly tired they can’t concentrate. They have poor reaction times and don’t pay proper attention to what they are doing. They make mistakes. This is why a high percentage of work injuries occur towards the end of a work shift. All types of employment are impacted by work related injuries due to lack of sleep. It ranges from the very physical jobs, such as construction and mechanics, to even office jobs. Lack of sleep is a particular concern for any job that requires driving, such as truck drivers and delivery people. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, lack of sleep is the cause of 20% of all motor vehicle accidents.
A work injury caused by lack of sleep can result in orthopedic injuries, such as herniated discs, broken bones and fractured hips. However, according to a neuroscientist from the University of Pennsylvania, it could also result in traumatic brain injury.
A New Jersey worker who suffers a work related injury due to lack of sleep is entitled to Workers Compensation Benefits. This is true even if the accident was the worker’s fault. The injured worker may be entitled to up to three types of benefits. These are:
Pay for lost time from work; and
A money settlement when care is complete.
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, it is important that you contact a Workers' Compensation Attorney immediately. Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., has been providing legal assistance to the Morris County, New Jersey community for over twenty years. He will help you build your case and fight for you in court. If you believe you have a case, please fill out our online contact form or call us today at (973) 285-1100.
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