When Employees Are Overworked

Back Pain

Every day the news reminds us of the vast numbers of individuals who are unemployed. Those who still have jobs are constantly reminded of how fortunate they are. However, such a reminder can do little to help an employee whose work load has drastically increased to compensate for reductions in staff. They become overworked, and accidents and illness are often the result. West Palm Beach injury lawyer Stephen J. Press diligently works with clients who suffer injuries from accidents and mental stress.

The Dangerous Workplace as Explained by a West Palm Beach Injury Lawyer

Some jobs are more dangerous than others, naturally. The rate of fatality is highest in fishing, with 116 deaths per 100,000 workers (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The rate of fatalities in the workplace remains steadily around 4,500 annually. Many thousands more are injured. Legal representatives like personal injury attorney Stephen J. Press are well aware of how dangerous the workplace can be, and may be able to help. However, the new reality is that more and more, employers suffer chronic fatigue, which in turn leads to mistakes, injuries, and illnesses.

Adjusting to the New Reality

In the past, when a worker became so fatigued he could no longer perform effectively on the job, he might be inclined to take a sick day. Workers today are increasingly reluctant to take time off, however. When week after week layoff notices are handed out, employees are more inclined to simply endure increasing fatigue than risk being the next in line to go to the unemployment office.

They remain on the job, posing a danger to themselves and others. Even when they fall ill, they may go to work, thereby exposing others to viral diseases. Our West Palm Beach injury lawyer understands that fatigue compromises the immune response to viruses and infections.

Employees suffering pain also continue to work. The National Pain Foundation determined that 90% of employees now go to work in spite of chronic and severe pain. The study also found that in recent years 40% more workers suffer chronic pain and remain on the job.

Call for Assistance

Fatigue is a silent culprit in employee injury accidents and illnesses. If you have been injured on the job, West Palm Beach injury lawyer Stephen J. Press would like to speak with you. Keep in mind, however, that Florida laws restrict the ways in which employees can seek claims against their employers, especially if they are already receiving Worker’s Compensation. Call Mr. Press today for a consultation at (888) 808-2772.