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Types of injuries often suffered by health care workers

On Behalf of | Dec 22, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Certain types of jobs come with the risk of injury, and this is often the case for those who work in the medical field. This job requires extensive training, and it also comes with the possibility that those who have jobs that involve patient care and handling could face exposure to certain illnesses. If you work in health care, you may also be aware that you could face an elevated risk of certain types of physical injuries as well. 

Those who work in the health care industry may suffer injuries while they are at work. If this happened to you, it is possible you could have grounds to pursue benefits through a workers’ compensation claim. As a health care worker, it is in your interests to understand the benefits you can receive and how you can seek a full recovery after a job-related accident. 

Physical harm caused by your job 

Every time you clock in at work, whether it is a doctor’s office, hospital or other type of medical facility, you are facing the possibility that you could suffer injuries. Health care workers have important jobs, but due to the nature of patient handling and the need for close contact, the risk of harm may be higher than with other jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the injuries most often suffered by those in the medical industry include: 

  • Back injuries, including slipped discs 
  • Broken bones 
  • Head trauma 
  • Strains and sprains 
  • Cuts and punctures 

These types of injuries often occur as a result of understaffing, repetitive stress and even patient violence. If an incident in your North Carolina workplace left you with injuries or you become sick as a result of exposure on the job, you have the right to seek financial support and other types of help you may need as you move toward a return to work. 

Maximize the benefits available to you 

The benefits available to you through a workers’ compensation claim depend on the nature of your injuries and other factors. However, insurance providers rarely have your best interests in mind, and you may find it beneficial to seek insight on how you can maximize the benefits you can receive. An assessment of your case can provide you with an understanding of how you can move forward with your workers’ comp claim.