What happens after a health care worker injury
Health care workers face great risks of injury in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, and laboratories. Regardless of the type of injury, they face a long, costly recovery process. There are certain injuries that qualify a worker in Georgia to seek professional compensation.
The types of injuries they face
Health care worker injuries can affect the bones, muscles, or nerves. Other injuries affect the blood, such as infections.
A common injury occurs when nurses are lifting heavy patients and strain their backs. They experience acute lower back pain that may become so severe that they can no longer stand or bend over. In severe cases, they may be unable to stand or walk for long periods of time, which are requirements for their jobs.
Sick or injured health care workers have several forms of recourse available to them. The first type is workers’ compensation benefits provided by the majority of employers. Employees can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, transportation costs, and other expenses.
Alternatively, the worker can pursue a personal injury lawsuit. The process requires making an appearance in court and may require a lawyer. Receiving workers’ comp typically prevents an employee from filing a personal injury lawsuit against their employer, but a negligent third party might be held responsible.
What to do after a medical injury
There are certain precautions that health care professionals must take to protect themselves at work. Even so, they cannot prevent every accident and injury from occurring. If a medical injury happens for any reason, workers may want to look into filing a workers’ comp claim as their first option.