Working in healthcare comes with many rewards. However, people who work in the healthcare industry also face many different hazards. Nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals are often exposed to bloodborne pathogens, violent or emotionally disturbed patients, repetitive tasks and potentially dangerous medical equipment. If you are a nurse injured on the job, you need to turn to an experienced attorney for help and support.
Joye Law Firm can bring nearly 250 years of combined legal experience to your case and a commitment to making a meaningful difference in your life. We can help you to pursue compensation for your medical bills, lost income and more. The options we can explore for you may include filing a workers’ compensation claim, personal injury action – or both. With offices in North Charleston, Columbia, Clinton and Myrtle Beach, we are available to meet with you today. If you cannot come to us, we will gladly come to you. Contact us for a free consultation.
Common Nursing Injuries and Illnesses
One out of every five workplace injuries occur in a healthcare setting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Healthcare professionals are routinely exposed to dangers that are unique to their industry. Sadly, many of these workers face injury risks due to:
- Poor training
- Inadequate supplies and resources
- Similar cost-saving measures.
- Physical demands
- Hazardous trip and fall situations
For instance, when not enough people are on duty to perform a procedure or use certain equipment, staff members may end up trying to lift a patient alone, or they may operate a machine with just one person when two people are required. Healthcare workers may also be forced to work long hours without breaks, which makes injury more likely. These are just a couple of examples of how healthcare workers may be at risk. Here are some other common injuries in the healthcare industry:
- Overextension and repetitive stress injuries – Day after day, workers may find themselves performing repeated lifting of patients or heavy objects as well as bending down and twisting to perform repetitive tasks. Over the years, this activity can cause sprains, strains, slipped discs, arthritis and other degenerative diseases of the spine.
- Needle wounds – Nursing staff and phlebotomists are routinely exposed to the potential dangers of using needles. Patients with HIV, hepatitis and other communicable bloodborne diseases present an ever-present threat. A single self-puncture could result in a deadly exposure.
- Infections – Every day, nurses and other healthcare staff members work around bacteria and viruses that present the risk of infection. Bacterial infections can be very serious if left untreated. Viral exposures can leave a victim with long-term health problems.
- Fractures and head injuries – Healthcare workers must move quickly from one place to another in areas where spills and slippery surfaces are common. Navigating a hospital or busy surgical center can lead to falls. Likewise, patients with severe emotional disturbances, mental health problems or bad reactions to certain types of medications may become violent and aggressive and inflict serious or life-threatening injuries on workers.
If you suffer injury on the job at a clinic, hospital, nursing home, assisted-living facility or any other healthcare setting in South Carolina, you should seek help from Joye Law Firm without delay. We will take immediate steps to protect your legal rights, and we will pursue all compensation that you are due.