Hospitals are places to recover from illnesses, injuries, and ailments, but they are also among the most hazardous places to work in. Hospital employees face a variety of dangers each day, including infectious diseases, sharp instruments, powerful cleaning agents, and risks of slips or falls. On top of this, the demanding schedules many hospital personnel face increases the odds of injury, with back injuries among nurses rivaling those of construction workers.
If you have suffered a hospital injury, don’t feel like you need to shrug it off and continue on. Your injuries can get in the way of your ability to care for your patients and could lead to further complications. Hart & David provides the legal experience, skilled case assessment, and aggressive negotiation tactics needed to get you the compensation you deserve.
Hospital Employee Injuries
On average, over a quarter million medical employees are injured on the job every year, according to OSHA. In some cases, nurses will disregard their own safety in favor of that of the patient. Noble, to be sure, but also costly. In addition to injuries resulting from self-sacrifice, the following hospital injuries are also common:
- Needle wounds, often contaminated by medication or bodily fluids
- Muscle damage from moving patients around
- Nerve damage, also from moving and lifting patients
- Stress and fatigue
- Psychological pressure
- Injuries from violent or agitated patients (or even visitors)
- Psychological trauma from the same
- Falls from tripping on medical equipment or running to emergencies
- Slipping in fluids
Whenever possible, healthcare providers who suffer an injury while at work should stop and allow themselves to get the help they need. This allows them to be a greater benefit to those they serve and also prevents complications in the future. In addition, they should seek the assistance of a legal expert to help them get compensation for their injury. Hart & David can assist in this area.
Of course, not all hospital injuries are limited exclusively to personnel. Patients go to hospitals for healing and health advice. If a hospital visit results in an injury or health complication, it defeats the purpose of going to the hospital in the first place, and the hospital has a responsibility to give compensation for it. However, legal action is usually the only way to collect compensation.
One of the most common causes for hospital injuries is falling. In the United States, a single hospital might have as many as 1 million falls occur each year, with about half of those resulting in injury. These may result from a variety of risk factors, including failure to use bed exit alarms or delayed responses to nurse call functions.
If you are a patient who has suffered an injury while receiving treatment at a hospital, consult our Medical Malpractice section for more information and give Hart & David’s legal team a call.
Getting Legal Help
Obtaining personal injury compensation requires legal expertise. You’re dealing with insurance companies and medical practices, both of which tend to have a lot of resources at their disposal, so you need all the help you can get. Hart & David can provide the legal advising and representation you need in the event of a hospital injury, so contact us today.