When most people think of hospitals, they imagine a place where people
can be treated for injuries and illnesses. However, many people fail to
realize the hazards that hospital workers face every day. In fact, in
2011, United States hospitals reported nearly 253,700 hospital employees
sustained work-related illnesses and injuries. Studies show that this
is nearly double the rate for the entirety of the private industry and
is higher that even construction and manufacturing industries.
What Types of Injuries Do Hospital Employees Commonly Face?
Hospital workers can face injuries for a number of reasons.
Amongst them all, manually lifting patients can cause hospital employees
to suffer the following injuries:
In addition, hospital workers can become weak due to fatigue, minor injuries,
and stresses. As a result, it is important that hospital workers receive
the attention and care they need as soon as possible. Lack of medical
attention for any injuries can result in consequences for hospital patients
such as medication errors and patient infections.
How Should Hospital Workers Be Cared for After Sustaining an Injury or Illness?
After a hospital worker becomes injured or ill on the job, hospitals should
ensure that employees are given adequate medical attention and time to recover.
In most cases, hospitals will provide the following factors to help injured
or sick workers:
- Workers compensation to cover lost wages and medical expenses.
- Temporary staffing
- Overtime when injured employees miss work
Are You a Hospital Worker Who Sustained an Injury or Illness?
If you have been injured or have become ill while working in a hospital
or other health care setting, get in touch with our Virginia personal
injury lawyers today. We can take the time to understand your case and
help you achieve a positive outcome by determining your available options
for compensation or who should be held responsible for your injuries,
emotional distresses, and lost wages. Don’t wait to get the representation
you deserve. The Barrera Law Firm, PLLC is here for you.
To discuss your case,
contact our Virginia personal injury attorneys today.