Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Representing Injured Healthcare Workers and Medical Personnel
There are over eighteen million healthcare workers employed in the United States. Therefore, it may not be a surprise that the healthcare industry has the highest rate of workplace injuries and illnesses, even higher than industries such as construction and manufacturing which could be perceived to be more hazardous.
Findings show that healthcare workers are regularly at risk of suffering a workplace accident due to the various perils of their job. These include exposure to infectious diseases and biological chemicals, contact with bodily fluid and blood, needle-stick injuries, back injuries, repetitive motion injuries and more. Ironically, the people in this industry most affected by workplace accidents care for other people first and foremost as part of their daily work.
It is not just doctors and nurses that are susceptible to suffer a work related injury or illness. Consider all the other occupations that it takes to run a successful hospital, healthcare facility, doctor’s office or medical practice. These could include physical therapists, nursing aides, nurse practitioners, nursing home staff, home health aides, laboratory employees, EMTs, orderlies, attendants, mechanical maintenance staff, medical equipment maintenance, housekeeping, food service, building and grounds maintenance, laundry personnel, and administrative staff. Taking into account the vast amount of personnel the healthcare industry encompasses, it is understandable that hospitals and other medical facilities are actually the most frequent site for workplace injuries.
Types of Healthcare Work Injuries
There are many different types of occupational illnesses and injuries healthcare workers may suffer as a result of a workplace accident.
Repetitive Use Injuries are very common in the healthcare industry and are not the result of a single workplace accident. Rather, repetitive trauma or repetitive motion injuries occur when a worker repeatedly performs the same task and subsequently suffers an injury or “trauma.”
An example of a common repetitive motion injury in the healthcare industry would be that of a nurse who regularly has to lift patients as part of her daily job duties. There is not one single incident or accident that would cause the nurse a work injury. However, the repeated process of lifting patients over an extended period of time could cause the nurse to incur a repetitive motion work injury compensable under Pennsylvania Worker’s Compensation.
Some other common work injuries and occupational illnesses for healthcare workers include:
- MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome), a severe viral respiratory illness that can be spread from patients to healthcare workers.
- Other infectious diseases including but not limited to MRSA, West Nile Virus, Pandemic Influenza, and Avian Influenza.
- Other bacterial infections, respiratory and viral illnesses due to close contact with patients whom have contagious diseases.
- Needle-stick injuries from giving shots and drawing blood.
- Contact with chemicals and pharmaceuticals used in medical laboratories. These include but are not limited to ethylene oxide, glutaraldehyde, paracetic acid and formaldehyde.
- Exposure to various biological hazards, drugs, harmful gases such as waste anesthetic gas, and blood-borne pathogens.
- Exposure to radioactive material during x-ray procedures. Laser exposure can also be dangerous for workers.
- Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), which cause restricted movement, muscle and joint pain.
- Injuries to the neck and back from lifting patients.
- Injuries to back and feet from constant standing for long time periods.
- Injuries to hands, knees, hips, back, neck and shoulders caused by slip and fall accidents.
- Allergic reaction to latex.
- Injury from unpredictable, violent patients.
- Slip and fall accidents as a result of slippery floors or spills.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of E.S. Borjeson & Associates Successfully Represent Injured Healthcare Workers
Philadelphia Worker’s Compensation lawyers of E.S. Borjeson & Associates are experienced with the common injuries and occupational illnesses suffered by healthcare workers and all types of medical personnel. Our skillful healthcare injury lawyers have successfully represented numerous injured workers in the medical field who have sustained injuries as a result of healthcare workplace accidents.
If you have been injured or contracted an illness in the course of your employment as a healthcare worker, contact our Philadelphia work injury lawyers today. We will discuss the benefits available to you under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, explore any other legal options you may have, and work closely with you to ensure you receive any and all entitled benefits resulting from your workplace injury. Our office is conveniently located in Philadelphia, serving clients in the surrounding areas of Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County. Call us today at 215-772-3020 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation lawyer or submit an online contact form.