Worker Safety in Hospitals

Worker Safety in Hospitals

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:

  • Falls
  • Fractures
  • Bruises
  • Lacerations

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
  • Backfilling
  • 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.