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, and attendants.
- 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 disc injuries.
Contact a Knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation Attorney to File Your Claim Today!
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. We provide free case reviews!