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Hoosiers at High Risk for Healthcare Injury

Steve Wagner

The Indiana Department of Labor has recently launched a new program to reduce safety risks to healthcare workers. Accidents and mishaps such as trips, falls, slips, accidental needle sticks, exposure to infectious materials and exposure to strong chemicals are common injuries and mishaps amongst healthcare workers.

Hoosiers in the healthcare industry are also at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders, repetitive stress injuries, and exposure to many drug resistant diseases due to the nature of their profession. The issue is especially rife in Indiana where health care occupies the second spot among all sectors when it comes to worker injury and illness. 6.3 out of every 100 healthcare workers are at risk of injury every year. The corresponding figures for other industries, commonly regarded as high risk, are just 5.2 per 100 manufacturing workers and 3.9 per 100 construction workers.

However, the very fact that the Department of Labor is only now launching such a program seems indicative of the neglect that victims of these injuries face on a daily basis. Healthcare workers suffering from various types of illnesses and workplace injuries are now entitled to Workers’ Compensation. If the injury is due to deliberate neglect from the part of the employer, or due to the employer’s failure to provide a safe working environment, the employee could sue for damages.

Making claims is easy, but fighting a lawsuit and securing damages is the difficult part. Here, the services of a professional Indiana workers’ compensation and injury attorney will go a long way in ensuring success.

The employer, in an effort to protect their bottom line may refuse medical leave, and may even deny the injury or accident altogether. Even a simple accident can have complex repercussions, forcing both parties into a complex legal battle. For instance, many employees do not offer even the legally mandated medical coverage for their employees, and admitting guilt in one case would mean making changes across the board.

Indiana law places the responsibility for the injury on the employer, the injured person and even others who may have a role, in varying degrees of responsibility. It thus becomes important to establish neglect from the part of the employer. This requires reviewing various considerations, such as safety designs, whether the employer provided safety syringes, whether mechanical equipment was up to safety standards and kept in good working order,, and many other considerations. Quantifying the damages often happens in pieces, as different parts of the puzzle are put together. A professional injury attorney can help you find and fit together all of those pieces so the court can see where the fault lies and who is really responsible for your accident.

Wagner Reese’s team of talented injury attorneys have many years of experience with a wide variety of injury cases, and our track record of delivering compensation to victims speaks for itself.

If you or your loved ones have suffered from a workplace accident or injury, do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 204-8440 for a free consultation.


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