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Sleepless nights could mean more risk at work

Have you ever gone to work after having a long, sleepless night? Many people have and if your employer is the cause for your lack of sleep by working you in shifts that give you minimal time to rest, the company could be liable for any injuries that you suffer while working. According to researchers, a poor night of sleep can translate to an increased risk of an on-the-job accident, leaving a worker susceptible to a head, back or brain injury, in addition to any other type of workplace injury.

The new study examined results from 27 studies covering more than 268,000 working adults. Diagnoses, interviews and questionnaires were used to determine the individuals who had trouble sleeping. Researchers used this information to figure out whether people with sleep problems had a higher risk of suffering an injury in the workplace. According to the study, these individuals were 60 percent more likely to become injured than workers without sleep trouble. Data indicated that 13 out of 100 work injuries were related to a lack of sleep.

Not only has poor sleep been linked to workplace accidents, it has also been associated with major health issues with wide-ranging complications. According to studies, both diabetes and obesity have been linked to poor sleep. An increased risk of being involved in a car accident has also been linked. This translates to even more potential for injuries in the workplace because the research connecting poor sleep to on-the-job incidents did not take car accidents into account. Many people in Orange, Florida, drive a vehicle for a living and could consider injuries suffered during an accident to be injuries suffered while under the care of an employer.

Legal professionals who specialize in workers' compensation can be quintessential to a case involving a workplace injury. If you believe you have a case, consider speaking to an attorney before trying to file a claim on your own.

Source:  WebMD, "Poor sleep linked to work injuries" Sophie Ramsey, Jun. 13, 2013

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