Americans have always taken great pride in their productivity and the strength of the U.S. economy. In fact, compared to their counterparts in European countries, Americans work much longer hours. While the average is 34.4 hours per week, many adults who work full time report working as much as 47 hours per week and 40 percent of workers say they log more than 50 hours per week on the job. Although some may argue the hard work pays off, many would disagree, arguing rather that such long hours could be harmful, leading to higher rates of injury and illness amongst workers. When workers are injured on the job, they may collect both income and medical benefits, placing a burden on companies. Perhaps the small amount gained by having workers on the job for long hours isn’t worth the long term costs of the injuries and illnesses they contract. If you are a worker who has sustained injuries through the course of your employment, it’s important to speak to a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure your receive the benefits you deserve.