August 10, 2014
Continuing from where Health Care Workers and Workplace Injuries: 5 Facts to Know (Pt. 1) left off, below we will pick up our discussion of workplace injuries among health care workers and what is being done to protect these people. If you are a health care worker who has been injured at work, contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jennifer Bisset for some professional advice regarding your best options for obtaining the benefits you likely deserve.
More Facts about Health Care Workers & Their Risks of Workplace Injuries
Fact 2 – The most common workplace injuries sustained by health care workers are musculoskeletal injuries.
While health care workers can sustain any number of different injuries while working, by far, the most common types of injuries they end up developing are musculoskeletal injuries, including (but not limited to):
- Back injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Sprains and repetitive stress injuries
- Tendon and nerve injuries.
Some of the specific reasons that musculoskeletal injuries are so common among health care workers include that these workers tend to have to combat significant ergonomic stressors, like standing for long hours, repeating the same motions and possibly even lifting patients (or heavy objects).
Fact 3 – OSHA has few standards in place to protect health care workers.
Despite the fact that health care workers face a substantial number of injury risks at work, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reportedly has very few standards in place to specifically protect these people at work. In fact, while OSHA does currently have regulations in place to govern how chemicals should be handled in medical facilities, as well as how prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens, few other OSHA regulations are in effect to protect health care workers.
OSHA officials have cited budget and legislative hurdles to putting more regulations in effect for health care facilities. Regardless of the specific obstacles in place, however, OSHA seems to be dropping the ball in providing health care workers with the same protections (and medical facilities with the same oversights) as other workers (and workplaces) have.
Don’t miss the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some final thoughts about workplace injuries among health care workers.
Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Bisset Law Firm
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All of the experienced legal professionals at the Bisset Law Firm are dedicated to providing each of our clients with the highest quality legal representation, keeping each of our clients informed and in the loop at every stage of their cases and, ultimately, helping them obtain the best possible results for their cases.
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Contact Denver Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Jennifer Bisset by calling (303) 894-8900 to learn more about your rights and receive a professional evaluation of your case.
While we offer knowledgeable, superior counsel to anyone seriously injured on the job, some of our additional key strengths include our fierce negotiating skills, our extensive trial experience and our readiness to take decisive action when the denial or delay of a workers’ compensation claim is finally overruled.