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Healthcare Workers Face Greater Injury Risk

Steve Wagner

Across the United States, the injury and illness rate for healthcare workers continues to rise, while injury rates in other professions are falling. Just in Indiana, there were over 16,000 non-fatal work injuries and illnesses in our healthcare industry among the 350,000 health care workers in our great state.

Healthcare workers consist of anyone who works in a medical-related environment, including hospitals, clinics, surgery centers, dentist offices, as well as OB clinics or birthing centers, assisted living facilities and nursing homes.

So what type of injuries do healthcare workers sustain on the job? Included in a recent report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare workers most frequently sustain slip and fall injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, sprains or tears that affect the muscles, exposure to hazardous materials and even drug resistant diseases, and even Tuberculosis. Other injuries sustained are often related to workplace violence, exposure to pathogens, and injury caused by the misuse of chemicals or materials.

While safety and awareness continue to increase in other areas, including construction and manufacturing, which typically are noted as high-risk, dangerous professions, the healthcare industry continues to see a decline in the safety and health of its workers.

Are you one of the thousands of healthcare professionals who have suffered from a work related accident? If so, the work injury attorneys at Wagner Reese can assist you in securing the workers’ compensation you deserve in order to properly recover from your injuries. Give us a call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a completely free consultation.

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