Healthcare Workers Injured at Work
Healthcare workers in North Carolina care for others, but did you know they also place themselves at high risk of injury? According to OSHA, hospitals are one of the most hazardous places to work. The risk for on-the-job injury at hospitals is higher even than in the areas of construction and manufacturing. Consider the risks:
- Healthcare workers often must move or reposition patients, many of whom are obese.
- Healthcare workers may contract infectious diseases or encounter sharp devices carrying pathogens.
- Work in hospitals is fast-paced and unpredictable, meaning possible slips and falls, stress-related disorders, or other unexpected accidents.
- Many healthcare workers regularly travel for work, increasing the chance of a transportation incident.
- Patients with physical or mental health challenges place healthcare workers at increased risk of experiencing a violent outburst.
In North Carolina (except under certain rare circumstances), employees injured on the job are not permitted to file a civil lawsuit against their employer. Instead, their claims are governed by the Workers’ Compensation Act. The attorneys at Ricci Law Firm are experienced in workers’ compensation claims and regularly represent workers injured in the healthcare profession in Eastern North Carolina. Some of the top reasons injured healthcare workers hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Ricci Law Firm:
Ricci Law Firm is familiar with incentive programs for “near misses.”
Recognizing the dangers of the health care industry, many hospitals offer incentive programs to reward facilities for “near misses.” These policies encourage a safe environment but also may discourage injured healthcare workers from reporting injuries. Ricci Law Firm regularly represents injured workers at the major hospitals and health facilities around North Carolina, and they are familiar with the standard incentive programs. They can help injured healthcare workers sort out whether an accident is just a “near miss” or is instead a workers’ compensation claim under North Carolina law.
Ricci Law Firm is familiar with North Carolina healthcare jobs.
When hiring an attorney in North Carolina, it is important to find someone who understands the typical job duties and work environment. This understand is crucial to determine whether the healthcare job increased the worker’s risk of contracting a disease, or whether the incident arose from a traumatic accident or incident outside the normal routine. Workers’ compensation law is complex, especially when determining whether an incident is compensable, and the attorneys at Ricci Law Firm so frequently represent healthcare workers that they understand typical healthcare jobs and their risks. This knowledge directly helps injured their healthcare worker clients.
Ricci Law Firm is familiar with the healthcare industries’ strategies to minimize workers’ compensation costs.
Like all businesses, hospitals and healthcare facilities watch the bottom line. Because of the high numbers of workers’ compensation injuries and diseases in the healthcare industry, many hospitals create policies to minimize workers’ compensation costs. Sometimes, these policies inadvertently encourage workers to 1) self-treat, 2) return to work before fully healed, 3) decline a second opinion, or 4) use their own health insurance instead of workers’ compensation. Ricci Law Firm regularly sees injured healthcare workers who have fallen for some of these traps and, sadly, have waited too long to hire an attorney.
If you or a loved one has been injured or contracted a disease in the healthcare industry, a workers’ compensation attorney at Ricci Law Firm may be able to help.