Injured at Work in Morristown, NJ? Pain Pills Shown to Affect Workers' Compensation
June 4, 2012 – Workers’ compensation already pays billions of dollars yearly to compensate employees injured in workplace accidents. Now, according to the New York Times, narcotic painkillers are becoming a costly trend in dealing with workplace injuries. More than $1 billion is spent every year on these pain pills and it seems they are doing more harm than good for patients.
Narcotic pain pills are not effective if they are used too long or too early in treatment. Instead of helping employees feel better and get back to work sooner, pain pills can actually delay an employee’s return to work. In fact, those who took high doses of narcotic pain pills were out of work 3 times as long as those who took lower doses. In addition, the use of narcotics makes the total workers’ compensation cost 9 times higher.
Between the years 2001 and 2008, the number of prescriptions for narcotic pain pills increased by 63%. Despite the increased usage, there is little evidence that narcotics provide quicker recovery and long-term benefits to injured workers.
Contacting a Morristown, New Jersey Workers Comp Lawyer
If you suffer from a workplace injury, contactMorristownworkers’ compensation lawyer Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., LLC. He has 20 years of experience protecting the rights ofNew Jerseyresidents. Contact him today at (877) 360-0183.
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