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CDC data reveals new bonus of paid sick leave: less work injuries

A fresh look at some data from the Centers for Disease Control seems to indicate that employees who are offered paid sick leave are less likely to suffer a work-related injury. The CDC data included roughly 38,000 workers between the years of 2005 and 2008 were studied to draw the unproven (but telling) conclusion.

The study found that, per 100 workers, those who had paid sick leave only suffered 2.59 work injuries. For those who did not have paid sick leave, that same metric increased to 4.18. In addition, the findings showed a 28 percent greater chance of a nonfatal workplace injury for those who did not have paid sick leave.

Work accidents can often have severe consequences for the victim. Whether the incident involves faulty machinery; collapsed scaffolding; or an unsafe or otherwise dangerous workspace, the injuries sustained in a work accident can leave you in the hospital for days or weeks. Then there are many more weeks of rehabilitation before you truly get healthy. Not only can this cost a pretty penny, but you are also missing time at the very workplace that contributed to your misfortune -- directly affecting your ability to pay these medical bills.

It is an unfortunate cycle that is not necessarily alleviated with workers' compensation. There are limitations to the program; for example, workers' compensation does not cover the pain and suffering that occurs from traumatic work accidents. You are hurt; you are in pain; and the injury has dramatically affected your life, taking away your ability function normally.

Pain and suffering can be cited in a personal injury case, which could give you the financial award necessary -- in addition to workers' compensation -- to get you through this difficult time.

Source: New York Times, "Paid Sick Leave May Reduce Work Injuries," Nicholas Bakalar, Aug. 6, 2012

  • Workplace injuries are very serious, and if the company was negligent in the incident, you could be entitled to extra compensation. To learn more, please visit our Maryland work accidents page.

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