Nurses Get Hurt Too: Workers’ Comp Dangers for Medical Staff
You’ve been a nurse in Lake Charles for nearly 10 years, and you’ve never had a work-related injury. Well, besides the occasional aches and pains...and the sprained ankle a few months ago. Oh, and that incident with the needle, but that turned out to be nothing. Besides, it’s not like you’re the only one who occasionally hurts. It’s just part of the job. Right?
Common Injuries Sustained in Medical Workplaces
Working in the medical profession can be extremely demanding, both physically and psychologically. Long work hours, constantly being on your feet, and the presence of hundreds of potentially threatening materials, makes healthcare one of the most dangerous professions in the U.S. for workplace accidents and injuries.
According to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), research, and investigations, an average of 260,000 healthcare professionals are injured at work each year. This means that approximately six percent of all full-time healthcare employees are somehow injured at work, almost doubling the rate of workers’ compensation claims in private industries.
Why the astoundingly high percentage rate?
The simple answer is that hospitals are filled with unique hazards that aren’t generally found all in one place like they are in other working environments. For example, nurses must deal with the potential for the following hazards on a daily basis:
- Muscle and nerve damage from lifting and moving patients.
- Needle sticks (contaminated by an unhealthy patient’s blood, or medication).
- Slips, trips and falls due to fluid expulsions, patient accidents, loose equipment, and running to care for emergency situations.
- Stress, fatigue, and psychological pressure as a result of a fast paced and unpredictable environment.
- Physical and psychological damage associated with combative, agitated, or violent patients and visitors.
- Injuries sustained while trying to protect, treat and keep their patients alive and healthy (sometimes, nurses disregard their own safety in order to help a patient).
When working in the healthcare field, you must be mindful of the risks and take proper precautions to avoid the hazards that surround you. If you are injured on the job, don’t dismiss it and continue working. When possible, stop what you’re doing and get the help and care you need, as well as report the incident to your superiors. Your safety and protection is the most important thing—because you can’t help your patients if you don’t help yourself first.
Need more information on healthcare workers’ compensation injuries or claims? Contact us today for a free consultation. We know how often you help others who are in need, but we’re here to help you! Let us support, help, and nurture you to get the compensation you deserve for your hard work and injuries. Call now!