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New guidelines could make EMS work safer

New Jersey residents generally understand that it can be dangerous to work when tired. This is why the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh are teaming up to lower EMS worker fatigue. Research into the matter found that more than 50 percent of EMS workers get less than six hours of sleep per day. It was also discovered that these workers feel fatigued at work and have trouble recovering between shifts.

Among the recommendations made were to provide caffeine to workers while on the job. It was also suggested that they be given the chance to nap during their shifts and that their shifts be less than 24 hours long. When workers are tired, it may be difficult to make proper decisions as it relates to patient care. Driving an ambulance may also be more difficult for those who are tired while behind the wheel.

If an individual is injured while on the job, he or she could be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. This is true regardless of why an accident occurred or who was considered at fault. Those who are seeking compensation may benefit from talking with an attorney. An attorney could help with an initial claim or provide assistance with an appeal.

With help from a workers' compensation lawyer, employees could get a portion of their salary while out of work. Compensation may also cover medical bills related to their injuries. In some cases, injuries suffered while in a work vehicle or during work-related activities at a private residence will be considered just cause for benefits on a temporary or permanent basis.

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