Health care workers face dangerous situations every day on their jobs. They are at risk for injuries when providing care for sick and injured patients, while working with dangerous medical instruments, machinery, and dangerous substances, and by being exposed to hazardous chemicals. As a result, workers’ compensation claims among healthcare workers is common.
Unfortunately, getting claims approved through medical providers and hospital administrators can prove challenging. They may attempt to downplay the severity of the injuries you suffered, or deny your claim completely, claiming that the proper procedures were not followed or that your injury was not work related.
In addition to medical expenses and treatment costs, healthcare worker injuries or illnesses may require work restrictions, both in the type of activities you perform or in the number of hours you are able to work. Days off, work limitations, and special scheduling needs generally do not go over well with hospitals and other medical facilities. Unfortunately, you could find yourself facing problems at work resulting in a demotion or even the loss of your job.
At Schibell & Mennie, LLC, we understand the impacts your injuries can have on every area of your life. We provide professional legal representation to protect you against wrongful actions on the part of your employer, while helping you get the New Jersey workers’ compensation program benefits you are entitled to.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more job related injuries and illnesses occur among healthcare workers than in any other type of profession. Roughly 650,000 of these workers suffer work related accidents and injuries each year, nearly twice the amount found in some other professions.
Nursing aides, orderlies, and patient attendants are among those most at risk, due to the strenuous nature of providing patient care. Doctors, nurses, and other patient providers also face the risk of illnesses due to exposure to bloodborne pathogens and disease. Occupational illnesses are common in these settings, as hospitals and medical facilities employ a large number of people whose jobs require them to come into contact with hazardous materials and potentially toxic chemicals. In many cases, workers’ compensation in New Jersey provides help when injuries and illnesses do occur, providing medical care and compensation while you recover.
Due to their contact with patients and their families and the variety of different types of tasks they perform, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that common causes of health care worker injuries and illnesses include the following:
Any of the above can result in serious, potentially disabling, and even life threatening conditions that require immediate medical care and treatment. The CDC reports that the following are common types of injuries and illnesses suffered by healthcare workers:
If you are a healthcare worker who has suffered an on the job injury or occupational illness, contact Schibell & Mennie, LLC today. Our experienced New Jersey health care worker injury attorneys can answer your questions and explain your options, so you can get the compensation you are entitled to by law. Call or contact us online to request your free consultation today.
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