Healthcare Workers Injury Attorneys
Healthcare industry workers like nurses, doctors, home health aides, physical therapists, and physician assistants are subjected to a strenuous work environment. In addition to the challenge of diagnosing and treating a patient, healthcare workers are also exposed to physical risks and emotional stress on the job. These risks can lead to healthcare and hospital worker injuries.
Healthcare personnel hurt on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ comp benefits can relieve the burden of medical bills and lost wages and help an injured worker focus on their recovery without the financial stress of an injury.
If you were hurt on the job in a healthcare setting, reach out to the team at Dale E. Anstine. Our workers’ comp attorneys are ready to help you navigate the Pennsylvania workers’ comp system and will fight for you to receive your full compensation benefits. Workplace injuries can be hard – get a fighter on your side!
Healthcare Facilities Injuries
While many types of injuries can occur on the job, there are several risks for the healthcare industry that are unique.
- Slip and fall : Slips and falls are the most common kinds of injuries for healthcare workers. Emergency rooms, operating rooms, exam rooms, and other medical office settings can get slippery from medical treatments and fluids. Slips and falls can lead to broken bones, dislocations, knee injuries, head trauma, and more.
- Lifting injuries: Many healthcare professionals are lifting patients in and out of beds, wheelchairs, and other medical equipment. Lifting accidents can happen quickly causing pain and immobility. Many lifting injuries require physical therapy as part of the recovery process.
- Altercation injuries: Healthcare workers often are taking care of patients who may be disoriented or aggressive. Aggressive patients may act out and cause harm to their caregivers. Injuries after a patient incident may include lacerations, bruises, broken bones, facial injuries, or other assault injuries.
- Pathogen exposure: Health care personnel are at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. Accidental exposure to these pathogens can result in a life-altering illness or injury.
- Chemical exposure: In addition to the risk of pathogen exposure, healthcare professionals are also at risk for chemical exposure. Hospitals and medical facilities go through a rigorous cleaning and disinfecting process. When a healthcare worker is exposed to these kinds of chemicals, they can experience burns, vision loss, and other injuries.
If you are a healthcare worker and were injured on the job, you should file a workers’ comp claim. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Dale E. Anstine today to help you with the process. Most claims are delayed or denied due to small missteps by the employer or the injured employee–the workers’ comp system in our state is not easy to navigate.
Our workers’ comp lawyers have helped hundreds of injured healthcare workers get the compensation they deserve after an accident!
Workers’ Compensation Laws in Pennsylvania
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance providing wage replacement and medical benefits for employees who are injured at work. In Pennsylvania, coverage for workers’ compensation is mandatory for almost all employers. Any employee who was injured in Pennsylvania is covered by the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act.
After a workplace injury, accident victims should follow several steps to seek workers’ compensation benefits. If you were injured on the job at a healthcare or medical facility, it’s critical to be proactive with your workers’ comp claim.
To protect your rights, follow these steps:
- Report your injury to your employer. Many healthcare professionals never inform their employer of their injury because they feel the injury isn’t significant, or that if they report their injury, they may be penalized. Reporting your injury is a critical step to protect your rights as a worker! Explain how the injury occurred and document all of the events leading up to the injury. You have 21 days to report your injury to receive full benefits. You can still report the injury after day 21, however, after day 120, your claim may be denied completely.
- Seek medical attention. Your employer may have a list of approved workers’ comp physicians posted at your office or healthcare facility. If so, seek medical attention from an approved provider. If no providers are posted, you can seek medical attention from any doctor you choose.
- Keep detailed notes. Did coworkers witness how your injury occurred? Did you notify someone in your organization of a risk or hazard, and it was ignored? Keep notes of everything you can remember from before, during, and immediately following your accident.
- Get an experienced attorney on your side. The workers’ compensation system in Pennsylvania is complex. Having an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your team can help alleviate the stress of the legal system.
The process of applying for workers’ compensation can feel overwhelming. If you are a healthcare worker injured at work, choose an experienced attorney to guide you through the legal process and to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Dale E. Anstine, workers’ comp lawyers in York, PA, can help.
If you are a healthcare worker and were hurt on the job, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim to help with your medical bills and lost wages. Get a fighter on your side from Dale E. Anstine workers’ comp and personal injury law firm! We understand the workers’compensation application and appeal processes and have represented hundreds of injured healthcare workers on their claims.
We’ve been fighting for injury victims for more than forty years in Central Pennsylvania. Our priority is always our clients, and we do not settle for less than they deserve. Connect with our experienced workers’ comp team for a free case review to learn how we can help you with your healthcare accident injury. We are available night or day, will come to you, and never charge a fee unless we win!