Healthcare workers play a vital role in our society. After all, we all
use their services in some capacity, whether you visit the hospital, regularly
see your doctor, or rely on at-home care and assistance. In addition to
having such great responsibilities on their shoulders, healthcare workers
are often overwhelmed by the physical demands of their occupation, which
also increase the risks of sustaining an injury.
If you were injured while performing your job duties, you might be eligible
for workers’ compensation benefits. Contact an attorney for the
assistance you need to get through the process.
Here are some of the most common injuries healthcare workers suffer from
while performing their duties:
Repetitive stress injuries: According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA),
healthcare workers are more than 7 times more susceptible to developing
musculoskeletal disorders than workers in other industries. Workers who
commonly develop these types of injuries include orderlies, nurse aids,
Slip and fall injuries: In the fast-paced healthcare world, workers can easily have slip and fall
accidents, especially if spills are not addressed immediately. Slip and
fall accidents can result in a range of injuries, including traumatic
brain injuries, broken bones and fractures, sprains, and more.
Bloodborne diseases: Healthcare workers are regularly exposed to illnesses and, if any mistakes
are made, they can easily contract a bloodborne disease, such as HIV or
Hepatitis C, which can have serious ramifications on a person’s life.
Infections: Airborne pathogens and human waste exposure can result in the development
of an infection. Given the environment they work in, healthcare workers
are prone to infections.
Injuries related to violence: People from all walks of life go to the hospital, whether to visit a sick
loved one or to admit themselves for care. Emotions and frustrations often
run high in such environments and sometimes healthcare workers are violently
assaulted, which can result in serious injuries.
Slipped discs: Healthcare workers frequently have to handle patients that are not mobile.
Lifting and transferring patients can take a toll on them, causing slipped
Contact a Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Attorney to File Your
Working in the healthcare industry can be incredibly stressful and, oftentimes,
nurses and other staff members are overworked and exhausted. If you sustained
an injury while performing your job duties, you could be eligible for
workers’ compensation benefits that can cover your medical expenses and a portion of your missed
wages while you take time off to recover.
Contact Herbert Chestnut & Associates today at
(770) 285-5542 to begin the process of filing your workers’ compensation claim.
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