Springfield and the surrounding cities and towns in Massachusetts employ 291,200 workers in an array of occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Of those 291,200 workers, 20,780 are healthcare practitioners (or technical occupations), and an additional 9,540 are in healthcare support occupations. This sector includes registered nurses, surgeons, psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners. Workers in this field face tremendous risks while at work, including falls, slips, and trips, violence by other persons, and overexertion in lifting or lowering.
Springfield Workers Risk Injuries While on the Job
A 2014 news release by The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 164,440 incidents of injury or illness nationwide that resulted in days away from work in the healthcare and social assistance occupation. Additionally, healthcare and social assistance had a rate of 121.3 cases per 10,000 full-time workers, the highest among the private industry sectors with greater than 100,000 cases. These incidents include 26,830 injured or ill registered nurses, and 39,020 injured or ill nursing assistants. Countless other workers in the healthcare occupation were affected, as well, including:
- Surgical Technologists
- Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics
Any worker in any of these occupations, and countless others in the healthcare and social assistance field, can get injured or fall ill on the job. More importantly, every worker is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits should they ever have such misfortune. There are no exceptions.
Were You Hurt At Work?
Springfield is home to Baystate Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in the state of Massachusetts. Baystate Medical Center is ranked nationally in two specialties: Diabetes & Endocrinology, and Ear, Nose & Throat. Baystate Medical Center is a 716-bed hospital and hosts over a thousand licensed doctors in a variety of specialties. In the most recent year reported, there were 33,944 patient admissions. Of course, with such a staggering number of patients flowing into the hospital, there must be a massive team of workers to care for said patients. In addition to Baystate Medical Center, there are countless other hospitals and medical care facilities in Springfield and the surrounding area
A Springfield Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
Being employed in the medical field does not mean that getting injured on the job is any easier for you than those employed in unrelated fields; if anything, it can cause significantly higher stress related to the injury. You may feel hesitant to seek medical attention in your place of work, or guilty venturing outside of your place of work to another medical provider. However, this should never be the case. Any worker in any occupation deserves medical attention and compensatory benefits when they are injured or fall ill on the job. Do not hesitate to seek care for your injuries, and be equally prompt when it comes to hiring a workers’ compensation attorney. The team of attorneys at Keches Law Group have decades of experience in getting healthcare workers the compensation they deserve.