Health Care Work Has A High Rate Of Workplace Injuries

We Help Recover The Workers' Compensation Benefits You Deserve

Workplace injuries are often associated with construction work, factory work or agricultural jobs. Health care work is mentioned less often in connection with work-related injuries, but the risk of injury in these jobs is high. In fact, a report by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics says in 2015, nursing had the second-highest percentage rate of injuries for any industry behind only aquaculture.

At Willis & Gresek Counsellors at Law in Toms River, our attorneys advocate aggressively for injured workers, including many health care workers, in workers' compensation matters. If your claim to recover workers' comp benefits is denied, or if you want help completing an initial claim, we are ready to assist you. From our office in Toms River, we serve clients throughout New Jersey.

Some workplace accidents may be a result of negligence on the part of an employer or product manufacturer. In these cases, we can help injured parties pursue a personal injury claim in addition to workers' compensation benefits. Call or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting.

The High Risk Of Health Care Work

There are a number of different jobs within the health care profession. Many of them require long hours of standing and walking, as well as heavy lifting. Nursing and home care providers are among those whose daily job responsibilities place them at increased risk of injury. The types of injuries and accidents that are common in health care environments include:

  • Overexertion and musculoskeletal disorders - Nurses and nursing aides must frequently lift patients and reposition patients, putting them at risk of numerous types of back injuries or other muscular injuries.
  • Slip-and-fall accidents - Because they are on their feet so much, health care workers are more susceptible to slipping on spilled fluids.
  • Needle pricks - Health care workers can suffer infections or contract infectious diseases as a result of being accidentally stuck by a needle.
  • Repetitive stress injuries - Repeating the same task hundreds of times per day results in repetitive stress injuries that prevent a worker from completing his or her tasks.
  • Violence - The Occupational Safety & Health Administration reports that health care and social service workers frequently encounter violent patients who assault the people who are trying to care for them.

Protecting The Rights Of Health Care Workers

Those who provide care to the sick and elderly should be treated with respect when they are injured themselves. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If you are a health care worker who has a workers' compensation claim denied, we can help. Call 732-930-2052 or use our online contact form to schedule a meeting with a lawyer who can answer your questions and recommend a course of action.