As a hospital worker, such as a nurse, you know that there is very rarely a dull moment. The more time you spend on the job the more things you see.
Unfortunately, there are times when hospital workers suffer a serious on-the-job injury that keeps them away from their employment for an extended period of time.
It’s important to have a clear understanding of your job responsibilities, as well as the types of injuries that could come into play at some point.
The most common causes of injury among hospital workers include:
- Overexertion and bodily reaction
- Slips, trips and falls
- Contact with objects
- Exposure to substances
As you can imagine, a variety of injuries fit into each of these categories. For instance, sprains and strains are often the result of overexertion.
Slips, trips and falls are also common. There are many causes of these accidents, such as a slippery floor or getting your feet caught in some type of equipment.
Repetitive motion injuries
Hospital workers, nurses in particular, should also become familiar with the dangers of repetitive motion injuries. This type of injury sets in when a person does the same task, one day after the next.
An example of this would be a person who is always helping to lift patients in and out of bed. While this doesn’t bother you at first, the cumulative effect can begin to take a toll on your body.
If you suffer any type of injury as a hospital worker, you should feel comfortable receiving medical treatment. You don’t want to assume that you can treat the problem on your own and return to your job the next day.
Depending on the injury, you may need to take some time away from work. In this case, you should learn more about your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
The money that you receive can be used to keep you financially stable until you feel well enough to return to work.
If for any reason you receive a denial letter, learn more about your right to file an appeal. You don’t want to miss out on the compensation you deserve.