Working Past The Obstacles Healthcare Workers Face After Workplace Injuries
Nurses ad medical technicians are often involved in heavy lifting, bending, stooping, pushing, and pulling on a day-to-day basis, and on-the-job injuries are extremely common.
Unfortunately, large hospitals and medical clinics are often all-too-quick to turn on their own when repetitive stress or trauma leads to workers’ compensation claims.
Considering the plethora of hazards that naturally exist in the health care setting, it is surprising that employers are so reluctant to acknowledge injuries. Just a few examples of common dangers associated with nursing and patient care include:
- Slip-and-fall injuries on floors that are constantly mopped
- Assaults by unruly patients
- Exposure to biohazards through needle stick injuries
- Exposure to toxic substances in cleaning chemicals
- Hospital-borne infections
Hospitals and healthcare facilities are required to provide the required workers’ compensation benefits for employees who care for the sick and injured, but they often have rules that are in their interest — not yours.
Often, hospitals and clinics will only allow injured health care workers to seek treatment from physicians who are closely associated with the facility. This can put pressure on the treating physician to limit the diagnosis and minimize appropriate treatment in order to please the employer.
If you are a healthcare worker and have sustained an on-the-job injury, call us today to discuss your case. Our attorneys are intimately familiar with the obstacles associated with filing workers’ compensation claims against major medical providers and are willing to work with your current doctor or help you secure a second opinion with a doctor who is not affiliated with your employer.
We have strategically located our offices in Augusta — one of Georgia’s major healthcare hubs — in an effort to better represent our clients who are healthcare professionals. We know and understand the industry and have represented countless nurses from several major hospitals in Augusta and throughout Georgia.
We Are Proud To Defend Health Care Workers
Please call us today for a free initial consultation with a lawyer. To set yours up, call our office in Augusta at (706) 305-1130. Or, fill out our online contact form and we will respond to you promptly.