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Employee Injury Rates Increase in State-Run Skilled Nursing Homes

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, state-run nursing facilities were the most injury and illness-prone state workplace in 2016. In fact, the average rate of workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016 was 8.8 per 100 nursing facility workers. This is three times as much as the overall rate for private employers across all types of industries, and an increase over 2015 statistics.

State-run nursing and residential care facilities had a 13.7 average rate of workplace injuries and illnesses, while state hospitals and correctional institutions had the second and third-highest employee injury rates in 2016. On the other hand, private skilled nursing facilities and facilities run by local governments had much lower rates of employee injury and illness; their rates were 6.5 and 6.1, respectively.

There were 259,800 non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in state-run facilities in 2016. For 111,700 workers, these injuries and illnesses resulted in time off from work, restrictions upon returning to work, or job transfers. While private industry non-fatal injuries and illnesses continue to decrease, those of state-run nursing facilities continue to rise.

As the nursing home industry continues to grow with America’s steadily aging population, the safety of staff members is becoming of greater concern. Without a safe environment for high-quality staff members, care for residents also will suffer. All too often, nursing home staff members do not properly care for their residents, which can lead directly to their injuries resulting from abuse or neglect. At Boller & Vaughan, we focus on protecting the rights of those who have suffered neglectful or abusive actions at the hands of caregivers at nursing home facilities. We have the skills and knowledge to delve into the facts your case, consider all available options, and advocate on your behalf by bringing any legal claims that you may have against the nursing home in question, or its staff members. Call your Wisconsin nursing home neglect and abuse attorneys at (608) 268-0268 and schedule your free consultation today.