Healthcare workers spend their days tending to the needs of those who are ill, have been injured or cannot care for themselves. In order to perform their duties, they must expose themselves to hazardous conditions or use equipment that may cause them harm. The Chicago worker’s compensation attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are committed to making sure that those dedicated to the care of others receive whatever care they are in need of if they are ever injured on the job. Your physical recovery should not become a financial burden and by helping you recover the compensation you are entitled to, we can help you focus on the things that truly matter throughout your recovery.
Hazards Healthcare Workers Face Each Day
Most people are oblivious to the risks that healthcare workers must take in order to provide care for others. They are often exposed to bodily fluids, sharp objects and medical devices that may cause harm if not used with caution. Slippery surfaces and clutter on the floor can also become hazards that these workers may slip or trip over preceding an injury. Following are some of the most common injuries our Chicago work injury lawyers have come across when assisting healthcare workers with their claims.
- Repetitive use injuries— the most common form of repetitive use injury in the healthcare setting is the development of carpal tunnel due to the repetitious use of an individual’s hands to perform his or her duties. Other forms of repetitive use injuries can include strain to the back or the joints if the employee is helping lift patients into and out of their beds or chairs all day or injuries to the foot or back when standing for long periods of time.
- Slip, trip and falls— these forms of injuries are some of the most common workplace injuries in all environments and can result from the failure to mark wet or slippery falls or leaving objects where others can trip on them.
- Exposure to contagions— whether the healthcare worker is responsible for drawing blood, assisting with personal hygiene or cleaning a patient’s sheets, the exposure to bodily fluids and soiled materials places workers at risk of catching communicable diseases or developing infections. Despite the most diligent efforts to prevent the spread of disease, healthcare workers may end up catching something from one of the patients they are serving.
- Being stuck with needles— it is possible for healthcare workers to injure themselves whenever drawing blood or administering medicine to patients via shots. These injuries can be much more serious if they have occurred after the needle has been exposed to the patient’s blood and the injured healthcare worker may need to be tested in order to determine whether he or she has been exposed to a blood borne pathogen.
Healthcare Workers Have the Right to Compensation Regardless of Fault
Many of the injuries healthcare workers suffer are self-inflicted and due to a mistake made during a long and exhausting shift. Others may be the result of another person’s actions or failure to take appropriate caution. It doesn’t matter whose actions caused the injury, however, as Illinois law requires all employers to insure their employees so that they are cared for in the event of an injury. If you have been injured on the job, you should seek immediate medical care and follow up with the physician or specialist of your choice.
Your employer will be required to cover the cost of your medical care and while you may be advised to receive treatment from the provider your employer chooses, you do have the right to seek treatment elsewhere. You are also entitled to receive two-thirds of the value of your wages during your recovery period if your injuries require rehabilitation away from work. If your employer tries to deprive you of your benefits, you may be able to seek additional compensation as a punitive measure.
Many workers seek legal advice before filing their worker’s compensation claims because they are not fully aware of their rights and some employers have had a history of taking advantage of injured workers in order to save money. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is the leading provider of award winning legal services in the Chicago area and our lawyers have the knowledge and experience needed to ensure you receive the full amount of compensation to which you are entitled.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our qualified Chicago worker’s compensation attorneys so that we can get to work on your case right away. We will answer all of your questions about your legal rights and options so that you know what you can expect from your claim and we guarantee our services so that you won’t have to worry about the burden of attorneys’ fees. We will only collect a fee once we have secured compensation on your behalf, and you will owe us nothing if we don’t.