Protecting Yourself After a Medical Workplace Accident
You’ve been working at a hospital in Lake Charles for just over a week now, helping with wound care. You can’t believe how lucky you were to get the job, and have been trying to prove yourself every day since. You’ve volunteered to take on extra patients, help the other nurses bathe and shower the patients who can’t move, and now you’re staying late to help your replacement caregiver roll a rather overweight patient onto his side for a wound check.
Just as you brace yourself and begin to roll the patient forward, he wakes up and violently turns towards you. You lose your balance and as you stumble backward, you hear a click in your back and a searing pain shoots up your spine.
What should you do? Should you suck it up, and get back to turning the patient, or should you stop and get it checked for any possible trauma?
Treat, Care, and Protect: What to Do Following a Medical Workplace Accident
Muscle aches and pains, stress headaches, migraines, and fatigue, are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to injuries sustained in healthcare environments. The Better Business Bureau, ranks healthcare among the likes of construction and industrial careers, as having one of the highest rates of injury per number of employees than any other profession. This is why it is imperative that you know exactly what to do, in case you’re injured on the job.
- Don’t continue working when you are injured. When you’re in pain, your focus, mobility and strength decrease; not only does this affect the care in which you’re giving your patients, it also puts them and yourself at risk for further injury.
- Get help. Make sure you take care of your injury above everything or everyone else. Remember, you can’t properly care for others when you’re injured—if you need help with a patient or help addressing your wound or injury, don’t hesitate to ask for it.
- File a report. Once the immediate danger of your injury is addressed, make sure you notify your superior of the accident. File an incident report with the time, date, and detailed description of the accident in order to have valid documentation for a workers’ compensation claim.
- Contact a lawyer. Insurance companies can be brutal when it comes to workers’ comp claims—be prepared. Speak with an experienced workers’ comp attorney to make sure you get the compensation and benefits you deserve.
Don’t allow your employer to deny you your rightful benefits. Let us help you fight back. We know how ruthless insurance companies can be to those who aren’t familiar with the finer details of workers’ comp law. However, our knowledge and expertise will help turn the tables in your direction. Let our experience and knowledge help you get the settlement you need for your treatment and recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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