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Government workers more likely to suffer injuries

Compared to their private sector counterparts, public workers are more likely to suffer workplace injuries. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014 workplace injuries and illnesses befell private sector workers at a rate of just over three percent. However, for the same time period, public sector employees suffered illnesses and injuries at a rate of five percent. Of those injuries and illnesses, nearly 80 percent were among local government workers.

Government office jobs pose significant risks to employees

Many government workers spend much of their time within an office environment. While office jobs are assumed to be relatively harmless when compared to more dangerous professions, they can actually pose quite a few health risks to workers. For Illinois government employees, being aware of common office-related illness and injury can be very beneficial, especially when seeking compensation for injuries incurred in the workplace.

Needle sticks cause concern about blood-borne illnesses

Medical staff in hospitals and government-run health care facilities are among those at risk of blood-borne diseases caused by needle sticks. According to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 385,000 injuries by sharp objects, or "sharps" injuries, happen to hospital workers each year in Illinois and across the country. These injuries especially include needle sticks.

Some police officers' job risks not what you might think

As a police officer, you probably already understand the more immediate and obvious risks of your job. The attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, know about these risks as well. We also understand the complexities of government workers' compensation law in Illinois, in regards to law enforcement.

What are some of the dangers postal workers face?

If you work for the United States Postal Service, you likely already know that there are federal government workers' compensation laws in place to provide compensation if you are injured on the job. You may or may not know that post office workers in Illinois, as well as the rest of the country, face a higher risk of workplace injuries than other federal workers.

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.

Workers' compensation benefits for federal employees

As a federal employee, you are probably familiar with the fact that the federal government handles many different types of employment processes differently than Illinois employers in the private sector. For instance, the government maintains its own program for reviewing and providing workers' compensation benefits for federal employees. We here at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, L.L.C., are well acquainted with how the Division of Federal Employees' Compensation program functions, and we advocate on behalf of our clients and federal employees to ensure that they have access to the compensation that they are entitled to.

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