Medical professionals are amongst the most helpful, important, hard working people in the Pennsylvania workforce. And, between being around sick people and working long hours, it should come as no surprise that they are prone to work-related injuries.
If you work as a nurse, medical assistant, nursing home aid, physical therapist, or an EMT and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits.
Types of Injuries
Medical professionals are at risk for a number of different injuries. When emergencies arise that require a lot of rushing, it’s possible for someone to slip or fall, which can lead to back, neck, shoulder, and knee injuries.
It is also possible to be exposed to hazardous materials or to get struck by a stray needle. Also, after working long, demanding hours, medical professionals can grow tired, lose concentration, and begin making mistakes that can lead to injury.
Paramedics and EMTs are also at risk for being injured in car accidents. This is especially true in less than ideal weather conditions.
Furthermore, one of the types of injuries that are almost unique to healthcare workers are contagious illnesses. Some of the most common sicknesses healthcare professionals can catch from their patients are the common cold and the flu.
When working in the healthcare field, it’s important to get plenty of rest, follow proper hand-washing and sanitation procedures, and to wear the proper protective equipment. Doing so can severely cut down on the chance of injury or illness,.
If you live in the Harrisburg, Scranton, or Pottsville area and have been injured on the job, contact PaWorkersCompHelpNow at (717) 234-2402 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Do not miss out on the money you are entitled to.