In our world today, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic, our healthcare workers are at risk for work injuries, whether they be in a hospital or nursing home. So often, there are emergency situations that call for fast action that can lead to an array of physical injuries. Such injuries could be musculoskeletal pain, bruises, cuts and puncture wounds, broken bones, burns, and infections. These injuries can occur from simple body mechanics of lifting and transferring patients who cannot help move themselves, slips in liquids such as water, urine, and blood, and trips and falls over objects. Although one may not think about it, some patients and/or their family members can be violent, due to mental issues, drug use, or simply being upset, leading to physical assaults on health workers. It is also very common for these caregivers to suffer upper and lower extremity injuries, including back injuries from physically assisting patients in movements (for example, from beds to chairs or wheelchairs to x-ray tables).
Besides the physical, there can also be psychological work injuries stemming from work-related stress and depression. Psychological trauma can occur from working with sick and injured individuals, work overload with short staff, and even working night and shift work with disruptions in sleep.
If you are a healthcare worker and suffer a work injury, don’t put yourself second; give your employer “Notice” of your work injury and get the proper treatment. However, even if your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier accepts your work injury, it may be only temporarily accepted. Also, many times the injury description is not accurate, leading to unpaid medical bills. Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Paula Robinson can help ensure that the proper diagnoses are recognized by the insurance companies, so that proper treatment can be given.
Robinson Law LLC thanks all of the dedicated hard-working healthcare workers for their unselfish treatment and care to all in need.