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Veterinary professionals may need workers' compensation often

A love for animals often leads Maryland residents into the veterinary profession. Whether a person is a veterinarian, assistant or technician, being able to help sick or injured animals is often a joy. However, animals that are injured or ill are often testy, and in some cases, those trying to help could end up in need of workers' compensation if they are bitten, scratched or otherwise injured on the job.

Many injuries that veterinary professionals suffer on the job may seem relatively minor. A scratch or nip may not need more than a bandage, but it is important to keep in mind that a serious injury may only be the next patient away. In fact, veterinary professionals have a job that lands in the top ten most dangerous jobs in the United States.

Though 70% of injuries on the job relate to contact with animals, there are other risks that veterinarians and techs need to watch out for. For example, workers could slip and fall, experience sprains or strains, or suffer from other accidents that lead to injuries. In some cases, these injuries could prove serious and leave workers in need of medical care themselves.

Though no one wants to suffer injuries on the job, it can happen for many reasons. For those in the veterinary profession, a mistake handling an animal, an unpredictable animal or work-area hazards could easily lead to harm. If Maryland residents are injured on the job, they may need workers' compensation in addition to medical attention. It can sometimes be difficult to obtain the compensation needed, so it is wise to gain reliable information and assistance with applying for and obtaining these benefits.

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