When a person is hurt, they often go to a medical facility to treat their injuries. Workers who are employed by clinics, hospitals or other healthcare organizations can suffer injuries in the workplace and may need care as well.
Patient care staff
Healthcare workers can be exposed to several types of safety and health hazards. These may include chemicals, radiation, drugs, respiratory hazards and blood-borne pathogens. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, healthcare workers have one of the highest rates of work-related injuries and illnesses.
In addition to exposure to various hazards, nurses and doctors can suffer musculoskeletal injuries from transferring patients from a chair to a bed, assisting patients with bathing, repositioning or lifting the person. They may also be caused by moving heavy objects like patient beds and carts.
The most common types of injuries are sprains and strains of the shoulders and lower back which can also lead to long-term disabilities or chronic pain. Although many medical facilities provide training for patient handling and invest in equipment to assist doctors and nurses, these do not always prevent injuries.
In addition to employing nurses and doctors, healthcare facilities also employ maintenance workers, housekeeping staff, food service workers, laundry staff and administrative team members. They can suffer injuries like cuts, bruises, ergonomic injuries and eye strain.
When workers are injured, they can suffer financial harm in addition to the physical injuries they experience. They may need time away from work to heal or may have to seek another career entirely if they are no longer able to work in healthcare.
An experienced attorney can help healthcare workers who have been injured in the workplace and can pursue compensation on their behalf.