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What are some types of injuries a government worker might face?

It is possible to suffer a workplace injury or illness no matter where you work. If you're a government employee, your chances of being hurt at work are just as great as anyone else's. However, the laws regarding government workers' compensation in Illinois may differ from those in the public sector. It is important for you to know that you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses if you're injured on the job.

Those who don't work in government positions may assume this is an office job with little risk of injury. However, you may receive an injury in an office setting as easily as you could anywhere else. For example, you might slip and fall on a wet floor, or suffer a head injury if a heavy item falls from a shelf.

Government jobs make up a wide range of positions and duties, according to Government Executive. The following is a brief list of some of the most common jobs in both federal and state government sectors, as well as possible workplace injuries you might receive if you work in any of these positions:

  • Administrative assistants and office clerks - Slip-and-fall accidents, repetitive stress injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome), injuries from malfunctioning equipment
  • Postal service carriers - Car accidents, dog attacks, weather-related accidents
  • Police officers, correctional officers and firefighters - Violent attacks, burns, smoke inhalation, post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Registered nurses - Fatigue-related accidents, attacks by patients, contagious illnesses, injuries from equipment

As you can see, there are as many opportunities for a government worker to be injured on the job as there are government jobs. The purpose of government workers' compensation is to cover your medical expenses and other losses if you are hurt on the job. The content in this blog is meant only for informational purposes, and should not be taken as legal advice.

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