Compassionate Guidance For
Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability

4 reasons hospitals are a dangerous place to work

Workers Compensation

A job at a hospital can be a rewarding career. Healthcare professionals earn competitive wages and may be eligible for valuable benefits packages. Additionally, people find medical work to be personally rewarding, as they can make a major difference in the recovery of individual patients or their overall quality of life.

Unfortunately, those who commit to medical careers often need to make certain concessions, including working long shifts and possibly being on-call in times of heavy demand or low staffing. Additionally, medical employees who work in a hospital environment are at increased risk when compared with the general population for injury on the job. Four risk factors in particular make hospital employment for modern professionals.

Overexertion

Providing patient care can push an individual’s body past its capabilities. Particularly when someone needs to help lift or move a patient, they could injure their back, hips, knees or other body parts. Overexertion and bodily reaction to the demands of hospital work are responsible for roughly half of incidents where workers lose time on the job in hospitals.

Slips and falls from rushing

A calm night at work can change drastically when a patient illuminates their call light in need of immediate assistance. Medical professionals rushing around a hospital to reach a patient or certain supplies quickly can fall. Slip-and-falls can lead to soft tissue injuries, broken bones and possibly even brain injuries that leave someone unable to return to work until they heal.

Exposure to dangerous elements

Some hospital employees end up injured because they come into physical contact with dangerous equipment. Scalpels, syringes and defibrillators are among the medical tools that could seriously injure hospital employees. Another portion of injured hospital workers have issues directly related to exposure to pathogens and bodily fluids. Even exposure to radiation could lead to issues for those working in hospitals.

Patient violence

Almost one in 10 injuries reported in the hospital setting relate to violence. Criminal patients, those withdrawing from drugs, those having reactions to prescriptions and people struggling with dementia are among those who can become physically aggressive toward hospital workers.

All of those risk factors make hospitals more dangerous than construction sites and manufacturing facilities. Hospital workers who get hurt on the job may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits until they can return to their typical job responsibilities. Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits can help hospital employees overcome the (hopefully) temporary hardship related to an on-the-job injury.




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