Tampa Nurse & Healthcare Professional Injury Lawyer
Nurses, doctors, and other healthcare professionals work long hours to care for sick and injured people. They have a tough job to do and it can be very stressful. Plus, it can be dangerous, as the job duties are often physically strenuous.
There are many great hospitals in Florida, but there are also a lot of patients, which means those in the medical field are overworked. Injuries are common. Work with a Tampa nurses & healthcare professional injury lawyer from Franco Law Firm so you get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Common Workplace Injuries for Healthcare Professionals
Nurses and other healthcare professionals are prone to suffering certain injuries, such as:
- Overexertion. Nurses often lift and move patients, which can be challenging with elderly or obese patients. This often leads to overexertion, which causes musculoskeletal injuries in necks, backs, and spines. The intense pain can keep employees from working.
- Accidents with needles. Nurses often use needles and other sharp instruments to administer medication. An accident with a needle can lead to lacerations and punctures. A healthcare worker can also be exposed to harmful substances that can cause them to suffer a disease.
- Slip and fall accidents. Spills of medications, water, and other liquids can cause healthcare workers to suffer slips and falls. Cords, clutter, and worn flooring can also cause trip hazards.
- Workplace violence. Unfortunately, nurses also have to worry about violence in the workplace. Because they are on the forefront of patient contact, they can be assaulted by an upset patient or a family member. They could also be injured by someone attempting to steal drugs. The good news is that Florida has enacted stiffer criminal penalties for those charged with assaulting healthcare workers.
Healthcare workers may suffer from the following injuries:
- Sprains and strains. These are the most common injuries among healthcare workers. They tend to occur in the lower back and shoulders.
- Infections. Nurses are often exposed to bodily waste as well as airborne pathogens, making them prone to infections.
- Bloodborne infectious diseases. Getting stuck by a needle increases the risk of diseases such as HIV/AIDS or hepatitis.
- Slipped discs. Moving or lifting patients can damage the discs in the spine.
- Broken bones. Slips and falls and workplace violence can cause broken bones in the arms, legs, hips, and other areas.
- Head trauma. Slips and falls can also cause concussions and other injuries to the head.
Contact Franco Law Firm Today
Healthcare professionals work long hours to give patients the care they need. However, there are many challenges involved in doing so and many end up injured as a result.
Nurses, doctors, and other medical staff have Franco Law Firm on their side to guide them through a workplace injury. With 25 years of experience, we have the knowledge to get your workers’ compensation claim approved. Contact a Tampa nurses and healthcare professionals lawyer today to get started. Schedule a consultation by filling out the online form or calling (813) 872-0929.