Healthcare Workplace Injuries
Healthcare careers, including nurses, doctors and hospital staff have some of the most important jobs in the country.
Their services are critical to all types of patients, from public hospitals to private home-care. Although healthcare workers are looked at as heroes for what they do for their patients, they’re not immune from potential workplace injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are more than 18 million workers in the healthcare industry that are exposed to occupational injuries and illnesses every day.
Common Healthcare Workplace Accidents
Handling patients. Healthcare workers routinely lift and move patients into different positions.
Falls. Slick floors from spilled water and liquids is a common workplace injury in the healthcare industry.
Overexertion. Nurses and orderlies are at the most risk for placing physical stress on their bodies and developing musculoskeletal disorders.
Needles. Workers in the healthcare industry are always surrounded by needles and other sharp medical tools, which can cut and puncture the skin.
Infections. Exposure to patients on a daily basis can result in infections from germs.
Violence. Unfortunately, healthcare workers are at high risk for being violently assaulted at the work place. This can be from dazed patients that don’t understand what’s going on to the possibility of working with violent criminals in need of a hospital.
Common Healthcare Workplace Injuries
If you suffer from a workplace injury, seek medical attention right away and report your accident to your manager. Having trouble with your employer or filling out a claim? Our workers’ compensation lawyers are more than happy to assist you through the process. Contact Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys for a free consultation about your case.