To reduce the risk of workplace accidents, safety standards across the health care industry should be strengthened.
New York City, NY (PRWEB) January 13, 2015
Commenting on a Philly.com article about the increased risk of on-the-job injury health care workers often face, New York workplace injury lawyer Edgar Romano today stressed the importance of continuing to push for higher workplace safety standards across the health care industry.
Romano, a New York workplace accident attorney at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P., based his comments on a Dec. 19 article, “Study: Health-care staffers rank high for workplace injuries.” The article details a U.S. Labor Department report released in December 2014 finding that health care workers have some of the highest incidents of workplace injuries among all occupations.
“Workplace safety is critical across all occupations, and the health care industry is certainly no exception,” Romano said. “We’ve represented injured health-care workers and know first-hand that job-related injuries can have a devastating impact. The injuries often are permanent and may require the individual to give up his or her job. To reduce the risk of workplace accidents, safety standards across the health care industry should be strengthened.”
According to the article, health care workers sustain musculoskeletal disorders at a higher-than-average rate. Musculoskeletal disorders are frequently caused by physical overexertion, such as pushing or lifting, and repetitive motions that lead to sprains, strains, pinched nerves, herniated discs and carpal tunnel syndrome, the article reports.
The Philly.com article notes that the U.S. Labor Department found that musculoskeletal disorders account for one-third of all injuries and illnesses that cause workers to miss time at work. According to the report, nurses’ assistants have the highest musculoskeletal disorder injury rate, followed by freight workers, truck drivers, janitors and registered nurses.
Employers now don’t have Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards to prevent musculoskeletal injuries, according to Philly.com.
“In New York and throughout the United States, workplace safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect our healthcare workers,” Romano said. “We hope that publicity about the lack of standards can lead to some real changes that will help all workers. It’s important for anyone injured on the job to understand they have rights. We urge anyone who suffered an injury at work to seek the advice of legal counsel. At Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P., we can help protect your rights after a workplace injury.”
About Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P.
Edgar Romano was named one of the “Top 100 Trial Lawyers in New York” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer every year since 2010. He received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the John Marshall Law School. With a focus on workers’ compensation cases in New York City, Romano is on the Board of Directors of the New York State Workers Compensation Bar Association and previously served as president of the Workers Injury Law and Advocacy Group.
With 80 years of experience hearing over 100,000 cases, Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano L.L.P. has obtained settlements totaling over a billion dollars for New Yorkers. With 100 legal professionals on staff, the law firm has won numerous accolades for providing its clients with strong, reliable legal representation and has a well-earned reputation as one of the top law firms for cases involving workplace accidents and cases involving workers compensation and Social Security disability.
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