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Healthcare workers: Doctor, Nurse and Healthcare Professionals: Doctor, Nurse, Med Assistant, ER tech, Caretaker, Home Health Aides

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

Healthcare workers are essential to our everyday existence. This has been made clearer than ever during the COVID 19 pandemic. These workers are there to take care of our basic, more specialized and emergency healthcare needs, and also the daily needs of an ever-growing population of seniors, the elderly and the differently-abled. These workers are employed in hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, offices, and placed in private homes by agencies. Unfortunately, while performing these important tasks of helping others, healthcare workers are at great risk of getting injured at work in numerous ways. Work in the healthcare industry is typically physically demanding. It can take a toll on the body. Workers can also be injured by a variety of people or things they encounter on a daily basis in their jobs.

Types of Injuries in the Healthcare Field

The healthcare field encompasses a multitude of different jobs, ranging from home healthcare aid to registered nurse to orderly, which all share certain risks that increase the chances of an on-the-job injury. Some of the common causes of injury in the healthcare field include:

  • Overexertion
  • Repetitive stress
  • Patient handling activities
  • Needle sticks
  • Workplace Violence
  • Slips and falls
  • Understaffing

Some types of work injuries healthcare workers may experience as a result of these and other workplace incidents include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Herniated and/or bulging discs
  • Infections/infectious diseases
  • Illnesses
  • Broken bones
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Head injuries/Concussions
  • Occupational illness
  • Contusions
  • Lacerations

These are only a few examples. There are many other injuries that healthcare workers can also experience because of the danger inherent in their daily work and the naturally hazardous workplaces.

What To Do After A Work Injury in the Health Care Industry:

  • Report your injury or work-related illness to your employer or supervisor immediately. Tell them you were hurt on the job as well as the date and location of the injury.
  • Seek medical attention. You may need to see your employer’s doctor, which depends on if your employer maintains a panel physician list. Ask if your employer has such a list and, if they do, ask that it is provided to you immediately. If they do not have a list, you are free to treat with whichever doctor you choose.
  • Know your rights. Contact the Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers, at Pearson Koutcher Law and speak with a lawyer with expertise in workplace injury law. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience helping injured workers throughout Pennsylvania and will help you fully understand your rights as an injured employee and assist you in seeking the full Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve under the law.
  • Our Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers are here for you

    We will fight to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you need to make the best recovery possible from your work injuries. For over 100 years, our practice has assisted injured workers in the Greater Philadelphia region to successfully obtain their benefits. Call us for a free consultation.