Nearly all of us suffer from pain or have been injured at some point in our lives. Unfortunately, some of the injuries are unavoidable and occur at work. While many office workers suffer from carpal-tunnel syndrome and warehouse workers sustain knee injuries, hospital workers often suffer from back injuries.
Because hospital workers turn patients, move and lift them, and adjust beds by hand, they are often at risk for suffering back and other musculoskeletal injuries. Although many nurses and nurses assistants sustain herniated discs and other back injuries, there are many other injuries that hospital workers are at risk for.
Some of the hospital workers and different types of injuries that occur on the job include:
- Doctors, nurses and laboratory staff are at risk for suffering needlestick injuries and infectious diseases.
- Operating room workers are at an increase risk for exposure to anesthetic gases and may be at risk for reproductive problems.
- Radiology technicians are at risk for radiation from X-rays.
- Maintenance workers are at risk for chemical exposure or coming into contact with asbestos.
- Housekeepers are at risk for exposure to disinfectants that can cause them irritation, and they are at risk for encountering improperly discarded needles.
Unfortunately, the very environment where people go to get help is also the very place that causes health risks to hospital workers. Sadly, Hepatitis B or C or AIDS are all life-threatening diseases that many healthcare workers suffer as a result of contaminated needles. According to a 2008 American Nurses Association survey of 700 nurses, 74 percent of nurses surveyed revealed they were stuck by a contaminated needle.
In addition to needlestick injuries, there are other possible life-threatening risks that healthcare workers can suffer such as contracting communicable diseases. Unfortunately, some injuries that hospital workers sustain can be very serious in nature.
If you have sustained an injury while working in a hospital, it is important that you speak with a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer to find out your rights. Please contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld today for a free consultation at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].