Workers are offered a small comfort in the fact that if they experience an injury on the job, they will at least not have to worry about paying their bills while they recuperate. However, many victims receive a rude awakening when they discover their employers may not have to pay worker’s compensation for a serious infection.
One such infection is MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. It is caused by bacteria, and it an extremely hard to treat form of “staph” infection.
Here are is a rough timeline of how MRSA has developed in the U.S.:
- In 1961, a new antibiotic-resistant strain of staph began appearing among hospital patients and staff. The staph bacteria had grown resistant to the usual family of drugs used for treatment, penicillin. As a result, MRSA infections become extremely difficult to treat, and can be fatal in patients with compromised immune systems.
- In the 1980s, MRSA began to appear outside of the healthcare environment. This new form of staph was labeled community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), as it was mainly transmitted through direct skin-to-skin contact. Over the next few decades, CA-MRSA would be responsible for countless soft tissue infections, bloodstream infections, and a serious form of pneumonia.
Workers' Comp for MRSA Staph Infection
The problems with worker’s compensation and MRSA is proving the employer’s liability for the injury. While employers are legally responsible to provide benefits to an injured employee under workers’ compensation laws, MRSA is usually not recognized as a work hazard outside of healthcare environments.
New Jersey worker’s compensation attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you prove that your MRSA infection occurred as a result of work exposure, getting you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or click the link above to download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.