Injured Health Care Workers
Injured Health Care Workers in Connecticut
If you are a health care worker who has been injured on the job, you have legal rights. Whether you work at an urgent care facility, an ambulance service, a small-town doctor’s office, or a large big-city medical complex, the experienced attorneys at Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP can help you recover compensation for your injuries.
The Dangers for Health Care Workers
“Front line,” health care workers are potentially exposed to a wide variety of health dangers, including:
- Biological hazards, such as:
- Direct contact with contaminated specimens
- Airborne diseases
- Sharp-related injuries
- Cuts and wounds
- Infectious disease and or infections
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- Non-biological hazards, such as:
The Hazards of Hospitals
According to OSHA, statistics show that hospitals are one of the most hazardous places to work. In 2011, U.S. hospitals recorded 253,700 work-related injuries and illnesses, which equals a rate of 6.8 work-related injuries and illnesses for every 100 full-time employees.
Rates of OSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses are broadly decreasing in all industries in the U.S., including in hospitals. Nonetheless, hospitals’ injury and illness rates remain nearly double the private industry rate as a whole. It is also higher than the rates in construction and manufacturing, two industries traditionally thought to be relatively hazardous. While this was not the case 20 years ago, improvements in workplace safety in construction and manufacturing have surpassed those in hospitals.
As with total cases, hospitals have a higher rate of “days away” cases than construction, manufacturing, or private industry as a whole. Hospital personnel experienced injuries at nearly three times the rate of professional and business service workers, a large sector that covers a variety of traditional white-collar jobs.
Contact BPS Lawyers if You Are a Health Care Worker
If you are a health care worker, you are continually putting your health on the line. The experienced attorneys at BPS Lawyers understand and respect your health care rights. Workers’ compensation law is complex and challenging to decipher. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, contact us for help.